Pak’s Former batting coach Grant Flower has claimed that ex-skipper Younis Khan had once held a knife to his throat when he tried to supply him some advice.
Asked about the tricky characters that he has had to teach in his career, the 49-year-old Zimbabwean, who was Pakistan’s batting coach from 2014 to 2019, recalled the incident with Younis.
“Younis Khan quite tough to master,” said 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 attempted to offer him a touch 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.”
Younis, who was recently appointed as batting coach for Pakistan’s tour of England, has amassed 10,099 runs in 118 Tests for Pakistan at a mean of 52.05.
“Yeah, it has been interesting. But that’s a part of coaching. It makes it a hell of a journey, and i have really enjoyed it. I’ve still got tons to find out , but I’m very fortunate to be within the position i’m ,” Flower said.
The incident happened during the opening Test of Pakistan’s tour of Australia in 2016 at Brisbane where Younis had scored a duck within the first innings but managed a 65 within the second essay. He had ended the tour with a fine 175 not call at the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January, 2017.
Pakisan had lost the three-Test series 3-0.
Flower also singled out Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad as another “interesting” character.