The Telegraph
Sunday , April 13 , 2014
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Wasim boost to KKR

Calcutta: Wasim Akram is back with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the Indian Premier League (IPL) VII.

The return of the former Pakistan skipper as mentor and bowling coach will certainly bolster the side’s prospects in the tournament.

Akram, who was part of the KKR dug-out during three IPL editions from 2010 to 2012, skipped the last edition of the tournament, citing personal reasons.

[On March 23, 2013, Akram had told The Telegraph, “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…”

He further added: “I remain a KKR man and won’t be seen in any other colours.”]

Indeed, he has remained true to the KKR colours. Akram sounded excited about the side’s chances in IPL VII.

“About to leave for my first practise session with KKR boys… (they) are looking in great shape and mind set,” he tweeted. KKR, the 2012 champions open their campaign against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.