With Pak actors targetted, Wasim Akram to miss IPL 2017
Is the ban on Pakistan actors the reason behind iconic Wasim Akram's move of pulling out of IPL 2017 as mentor of KKR citing professional commitments and time constraints
Pakistan's former cricket skipper and sultan of swing , the legendary Wasim Akram, who has been the bowling coach and mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, will miss the 2017 edition of the IPL due to "professional commitments and time constraints".
There is also some belief that a the other reason why Akram has pulled out citing commitments is because India has been acting tough on Pakistan actors post Uri strikes. Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan have been banned in India. And the films starring them are facing the heat from political parties like the MNS and others .
"Bowling Coach and Mentor, Wasim Akram will miss the upcoming IPL 2017 season. The legendary all- rounder has cited professional commitments and time constraints for his inability to be part of KKR for the upcoming season," KKR said in a release.
Venky Mysore, MD & CEO of KKR, said, "We will miss Wasim Bhai who has been part of the KKR family over the last few years and has played a significant role in our title triumphs in 2012 and 2014. We wish him the very best in all his endeavours."
Akram, on his part, said he would miss the KKR dressing room and wished the team luck.
"I have loved the camaraderie in KKR team and have enjoyed every opportunity to mentor the highly talented team over the years. I am surely going to miss being part of the dressing room but I wish the team continued success," he said.
Akram has played a key role in the KKR and has guided the team to two IPL wins. The presence of the legendary swing maestro has also been beneficial for several young Indian fast bowlers , who have the great opportunity to get get timely and useful tips from him. it remains to seen as to whom the KKR turn to as bowling mentor in IPL 2017.