IPL Extras: Wasim Akram joins KKR in UAE
In a bid to give the Shah Rukh Khan-owned unit an edge in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has rejoined Kolkata Knight Riders in their preparations.
One of the first teams to land in UAE for the first leg of the tournament starting April 16, KKR have been bolstered by the return of the 'Sultan of Swing' as bowling consultant for another season.
Akram, who was part of the KKR dug-out during three IPL editions from 2010 to 2012, is kicked about the teams' chances this time around.
Akram, 47, was abuzz on twitter before he hit the training camp with the team.
"About to leave for my first practise session with KKR boys are looking in great shape and mind set," he tweeted.
The 2012 champions KKR play their opener against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
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Fraser Castellino appointed as the COO of KXIP
Kings XI Punjab announced the appointment of Fraser Castellino as their new Chief Operating Officer.
Fraser has over a decade's experience of working in the sports industry, besides leadership roles in IPL teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. He has also been instrumental in setting up the Sahara Group's polo and other non-cricketing ventures.
Commenting on the appointment of Castellino, promoters of Kings XI Punjab said: "We are pleased to have Fraser Castellino as our new COO. We are confident that his vast experience in the sports field, especially IPL, will benefit KXIP. His vision and guidance will help us grow further.
"With a new and strong team squad, along with Fraser in the management, we are upbeat and looking forward to a great tournament this year, both on and off the field."
Thanking the KXIP management for showing faith in him, Castellino said, "Having been a part of the IPL since its inception, I am looking forward to replicating a similar success with the franchise. With a brand new team and a fully charged fanbase, the season looks extremely promising for the team." said Fraser Castellino, COO, Kings XI Punjab.
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