Describing Wasim Akram as a legend, Kolkata Knight Riders coach Dav Whatmore said on Friday that the former Pakistani captain would play the mentor's role in the team's aspiration in the Indian Premier League third edition.
Talking to the reporters on the sidelines of their one-week-long camp began at Calcutta Football and Cricket Ground at Kolkata today, Whatmore said, "Akram is a legend in world cricket. His role in the team will be that of a mentor and his service will be immensely valuable."
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and Bengal players including captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Manoj Tiwary and Wriddhiman Saha attended the camp that focussed on few drills and fitness training.
"We have organised this camp to get into Twenty20 mode. Moreover, this will help us assess our level of fitness ahead of the tournament," the 1996 World Cup winning Sri Lanka coach said.
Dates of KKR's camp is clashing with the East Zone camp for Duleep Trophy to be held at Jadavpur University ground from January 11, but Whatmore said he would have no problems in releasing the players.
The IPL III T20 extravaganza will be held from March 12-April 25.
The Shah Rukh Khan-owned side finished at the bottom of IPL table last year while in the inaugural edition the team had finished second last.