New Delhi: Mentor and bowling coach Wasim Akram will be back with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) later in the year, if the franchise qualifies for the Champions League T20.
“I’ve been on the road from last September and need to spend at least a couple of months at a stretch with my sons... They need me... That’s why I’m not with KKR in the upcoming IPL, but will be back for the Champions League, if the franchise qualifies,” Akram told The Telegraph on Friday.
He added: “I remain a KKR man and won’t be seen in any other colours.”
In Akram’s absence, Brett Lee will have a larger role to play.
Akram’s responsibilities towards Tahmoor Mohammed (15) and Akbar Ali (12) have increased after the death of their mother and his wife, Huma, in October 2009.
Huma’s death made Akram shift from Lahore to Karachi, where her parents stay. He’s excited that he and his sons will soon move into a “new house, close to the beach.”
“It took me a year-and-a-half to build it... Now, just weeks remain before we shift there,” Akram said.