Former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower has revealed Younis Khan wasn’t really pleased with Flower for offering his advice to the veteran cricketer. Younis, one of the most successful batters for the Asian team, once held a knife to Flower’s throat which led to then-Head Coach intervening.
The incident took place during the Brisbane Test match where Younis scored a golden duck and 65. The leading run-scorer for Pakistan in Test cricket usually comes across as a polite, soft-spoken cricketer. However, this particular narrative doesn’t put him in a good light.
“Younis Khan was quite tough to master. 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,” said Flower.
“But Younis Khan 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 added.
Younis played the sport in the top-tier for 18 years and was the chief architect on many occasions for Pakistan. He retired in 2017 being Pakistan’s only batsman to have scored over 10,000 runs in the longer-format. He also captained the side for a brief period before match-fixing claims put a blot on Pakistan cricket yet again.
Flower had a fruitful tenure with the sub-continental side, under whom the side lifted the Champions Trophy in 2017. The former Zimbabwe cricketer served Pakistan from 2014 to 2019. Interestingly, Younis is now the batting coach of Pakistan as the team prepares to face England.