File photo of former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram. (Getty Images)
Kolkata: After a one-year hiatus, legendary pacer Wasim Akram will be back as bowling adviser of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the coming season of the Indian Premier League, the franchise announced on Thursday.
"Akram has told us that his services will be available for the full length of the tournament this time," KKR Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Venky Mysore told mediapersons here.
In 2010, Akram was appointed the bowling coach of KKR. But he stepped down in 2013 citing personal reasons.
Ahead of the Feb 12 IPL auction in Bangalore, Mysore kept his cards close to his chest when asked whether the franchise would go for sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen and Indian dasher Virender Sehwag.
Pietersen was dropped from the England team for the forthcoming tour of the Caribbean later this month and the World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh in March, effectively ending his international career.
"If a player is fully available for us, then it is an advantage. We do not have a particular mindset, when they come up we will react. Everybody will be a likely candidate", said Mysore.