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. Asked 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… quite tough to master,” 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 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,” Flower mentioned.
Younis was just lately appointed as batting coach for Pakistan’s ongoing tour of England. He amassed 10,099 runs in 118 Tests 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 more likely to have occurred through the opening Test 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 Test on the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2017. Pakistan, nonetheless, misplaced the three-Test collection 3-0.
Flower additionally singled out Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad as one other “interesting” character.
“He’s a very skilful batter, but quite rebellious. Every team has got its rebel. Sometimes it makes them better players, sometimes maybe not so,” mentioned Flower, who had scored 3457 runs in 67 Tests and 6571 runs in 221 ODIs for Zimbabwe.
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