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Grant Flower Reveals That, "Younis Khan Held A Knife To My Throat For Offering Batting Advice"
"Younis Khan... quite tough to master," Flower, who is currently serving as Sri Lanka's batting coach, said during a conversation
Grant Flower Reveals That, "Younis Khan Held A Knife To My Throat For Offering Batting Advice
New Delhi: Pakistan's former batting coach Grant Flower accussed the team's former captain Younis Khan for once holding a knife to his throat when he tried to offer him some advice during a tour of Australia. The surprising revelation came when the 49-year-old coach, was questioned about the tricky characters that he has had to coach in his career. Grant Flower had been Pakistan's batting coach from 2014 to 2019.
"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."
"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.
Pakistan cricket board had appointed the former skipper as batting coach for the team's ongoing tour of England. Younis Khan had scored 10,099 runs in 118 Tests for Pakistan at an average of 52.05. Mr Khan is yet to comment on Flower's claim.
The Zimbabwean cricketer, Flower had also cslled Pakistan's opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad as another "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," said Flower, who had scored 3457 runs in 67 Tests and 6571 runs in 221 ODIs for Zimbabwe.