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Raman KKR’s batting coach

Calcutta: Former Bengal coach and India opener W.V. Raman has been appointed as batting coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Apart from inducting Raman, the franchise also has Wasim Akram back in their scheme of things.

Akram, who had joined Knight Riders in 2010 as their bowling coach and mentor, played an instrumental role during the team’s triumph in IPL V.

The former Pakistan captain and pacer, however, was unavailable last season as he wished to spend more time with his family. Brett Lee had then stepped into his shoes.

“The Kolkata Knight Riders are pleased to announce the appointment of Raman as batting coach.

“Raman has had a distinguished track record in both domestic and international levels and has coached Tamil Nadu and Bengal with a great deal of success in domestic competitions,” said a Knight Riders release on Wednesday.

“We are delighted to have Raman joining our coaching staff. He joins a strong core group of Trevor Bayliss, Wasim Akram and Vijay Dahiya,” commented the franchise CEO Venky Mysore.