The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the national team, which is currently on tour to England, have declined to comment on former batting coach Grant Flower’s shocking claim. The former Zimbabwean had recently revealed that ex-captain Younis Khan once held a knife to his throat on getting an undesirable suggestion.
Flower made the dramatic accusation during a cricket podcast along with his brother Andy Flower hosted by Neil Manthorp. During the conversation, Grant spoke about his nearly five-year experience with the Pakistan team between 2014 and 2019.
Grant also shocked the cricketing fraternity when he brought up a story related to Younis. Grant said: “Younis Khan… quite tough to master. 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.”
“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,” he had added.
However, a PCB source told PTI that the incident that took place in Brisbane was nowhere an event of a serious threat as depicted by Grant. The source said that it was just friendly banter, nothing else.
“But the impression being spread by Grant Flower is not entirely true. Younis apparently had jokingly picked up the butter knife and waved it around telling Grant just to let him have his breakfast end not give advice at the breakfast table,” the source said.
Not so long ago, PCB announced that they have appointed Younis as national team’s batting coach. The apex board also declared Mushtaq Ahmed as a spin bowling coach for the upcoming series against England.
Younis is one of the most legendary cricketers that Pakistan has produced. He has scored more than 10000 runs for Pakistan in Test cricket. In 2017, the Mardan-born decided to hang his boots. Younis is currently in England, assisting the young guns of Pakistan.