February 28, 2021

Younis Khan as soon as held a knife to my throat after I provided him batting recommendation: Flower

New Delhi: Former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower has alleged that ex-skipper Younis Khan had as soon as held a knife to his throat when he tried to supply him some recommendation throughout a tour of Australia.

Requested in regards to the tough characters that he has needed to coach in his profession, the 49-year-old Zimbabwean, who was Pakistan’s batting coach from 2014 to 2019, recalled Younis.

“Younis Khan… fairly robust to grasp,” Flower, who’s at the moment serving as Sri Lanka’s batting coach, mentioned throughout a dialog with brother Andy and host Neil Manthorp on the ‘Following On Cricket Podcast’.

“I bear in mind one incident in Brisbane, through the Check, at breakfast, I attempted to present him a little bit of batting recommendation … However he did not take kindly to my recommendation and introduced a knife to my throat, with Mickey Arthur sitting alongside, who needed to intervene.”

“Yeah, it has been attention-grabbing. However that is a part of teaching. It makes it a hell of a journey, and I’ve actually loved it. I’ve nonetheless bought so much to be taught, however I am very lucky to be within the place I’m,” Flower mentioned.

Younis was lately appointed as batting coach for Pakistan’s ongoing tour of England. He amassed 10,099 runs in 118 Checks for Pakistan at a median of 52.05.

The 42-year-old former batting star hasn’t but responded to Flower’s declare.

The incident with Younis is prone to have occurred through the opening Check of Pakistan’s tour of Australia in 2016 at Brisbane the place the batsman had scored a duck within the first innings however managed a 65 within the second essay.

He had ended the tour with a effective 175 not out within the third Check on the Sydney Cricket Floor in January, 2017. Pakistan, nevertheless, misplaced the three-Check collection 3-0.

Flower additionally singled out Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad as one other “attention-grabbing” character.

“He is a really skilful batter, however fairly rebellious. Each crew has bought their insurgent. Typically it makes them higher gamers, typically possibly not so,” mentioned Flower, who had scored 3457 runs in 67 Checks and 6571 runs in 221 ODIs for Zimbabwe