A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Kolkata Knight Riders to be without Wasim Akram for IPL

Akram has opted to spend more time with his family

The Kolkata Knight Riders will be without bowling coach Wasim Akram for this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) since the former Pakistan left-arm seamer wants to spend more time with his family.

Akram has been the bowling coach of the Knight Riders, who are the current defending champions, for the past three seasons and has worked closely with head coach Trevor Bayliss.

“Wasim Akram will be badly missed,” Knight Riders’ chief executive Venky Mysore said. “He is a legend and a great motivator to have around the team. However, we fully appreciate the reason why he will be unavailable. We hope to work with him in future.”

The Knight Riders have also appointed Trevor Penney as their fielding coach.

Penny, who is currently the fielding coach of the Indian national team, previously worked with the now defunct Deccan Chargers franchise.

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