Younis brought a knife to my throat: Grant Flower
Pakistan cricket and controversy seem to be similar words. Shortly afterwards, the country’s cricket or cricketers made headlines for controversial reasons.
This time the name of former batsman Younis Khan came up. Complaining against him, former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower said that Younis Khan lost his temper and once brought a knife to his throat. He was in danger when he went to Australia to advise the right-handed batsman.
Grant shared such explosive information in a cricket podcast with elder brother Andy Flower and Neil Manthorp. The 49-year-old former Zimbabwean batsman was asked which player gave him the hardest time in his coaching career. In response, Grant said that he was the batting coach for Pakistan from 2014 to 2019.
“Younis Khan… quite tough to master,” said Flower. “Obviously, a brilliant career. I remember one incident in Brisbane, during the Test, at breakfast I tried to give him a bit of batting advice, not that my career was anywhere near his regarding stats, as he is the highest scorer in Pakistan Test cricket.
“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.”
That happened shortly after Younis was run out for zero in the first innings of the Brisbane Test. However, in the second innings, he turned around with 65 runs. On that tour of Australia in 2016, Younis again played a great innings of 175 runs in the third Test. However, Pakistan was whitewashed 3-0 in the series.