Calcutta: Brett Lee will double up as the Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowling mentor, apart from spearheading the pace attack, it was announced by the franchise on Monday.
Lee will be replacing Wasim Akram, after the former Pakistan captain had said that he would not be available for IPL-VI. As per the Knights’ media release, Akram had expressed desire to spend more time with his family.
Lee, who retired from international cricket last July, said he is honoured to take up the role of a mentor.
“The experience with KKR over the past three years has been fantastic. We have become a closely-knit unit under the leadership of skipper Gautam Gambhir and head coach Trevor Bayliss.
As we get ready for IPL 2013 as the defending champions, I am honoured to take on this additional responsibility,” Lee said in a media release.
Knights’ CEO Venky Mysore said that the team would benefit from Lee’s expertise. “We are fortunate that someone of the calibre of Brett, who in addition to being a key member of the team, will also mentor the bowling unit,” Mysore said.
“The bowling unit and the entire team will benefit from Brett’s leadership in this area,” he added.