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Home is where Akram's heart is

Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Wasim Akram’s decision to take a break from his commentary and coaching commitments centres around building his new house in Karachi.

Wasim Akram was Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowling consultant until last season.


KKR’s bowling expert Wasim Akram with Brett Lee (centre) and L Balaji. Pic/AFP

“I will be busy building my new house in Karachi. I will need time to monitor that. Also, since my wife (Huma) passed away, I need to look after my two sons (Taimur and Akbar), Akram told MiD DAY on Tuesday.

Akram, 46, revealed that he had a chat with KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan. “I had a chat with Shah Rukh before taking this decision. I have been doing commentary for 10 months a year. I too need some rest. We all know how difficult it is to build a house,” said Akram, who witnessed the opening Test of the India vs Australia series at Chennai.

However, Akram is not sure whether KKR will offer him a contract when he makes himself available next season. “I don’t know if they (KKR) would want me. They will offer a contract to another person in my place. And if he does well, then they might want to continue with him,” he said. 

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