Former Pakistan’s batting coach Grant Flower has alleged that the ex-skipper Younis Khan had once held a knife to his throat when the coach tried to give him some advice during his tour of Australia.
When asked about the weird & tricky characters that the coach met in his career, the 49-year-old Zimbabwean who was Pakistan’s batting coach from the year 2014 to 2019 recalled & named Younis Khan.
“Younis Khan… quite tough to master,” Flower, who is currently serving as Sri Lanka’s batting coach, said during a conversation with brother Andy and host Neil Manthorp on the ”Following On Cricket Podcast”. “I remember one incident in Brisbane, during the Test, at breakfast, I tried to give him a bit of batting advice … But he didn’t take kindly to my advice and brought a knife to my throat, with Mickey Arthur sitting alongside, who had to intervene”, recalled Flower
“Yeah, it’s been interesting. But that’s part of coaching. It makes it a hell of a journey, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m very fortunate to be in the position I am,” Flower said.
Recently Younis was appointed as batting coach for Pakistan’s ongoing tour of England. He scored 10,099 runs in 118 Tests for Pakistan at an average of 52.05. The 42-year-old former batsman hasn’t responded to Flower’s claim yet.
The incident with Younis is likely to have happened during the opening Test match of Pakistan’s tour of Australia in 2016 at Brisbane where the batsman had scored a duck in the first innings but managed a 65 in the second innings. He had ended the tour with a 175 not out in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket ground in January 2017. However, Pakistan lost the three-test series by 3-0.
Flower also termed Pakistan Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad as another “interesting” character. “He’s a very skillful batter, but quite rebellious. Every team has got its rebel. Sometimes it makes them better players, sometimes maybe not so,” said Grant Flower. Flower scored whopping 3457 runs in 67 Test matches & 6571 runs in 221 ODIs for Zimbabwe.