The Pakistan Cricket Board and the national team that have toured England didn’t comment on the topic of former batting coach Grant Flower’s claim that ex-captain Younis Khan once held a knife to his throat for some unwanted advice. However, Flower recently made the allegation during a cricket podcast where he opened up about his nearly five-year tenure between 2014 and 2019.
On the other hand, Younis is currently the batting coach of Pakistan team. While PCB didn’t share anything, a well-informed source in the board said to PTI that the incident happened in Brisbane during their tour of Australia in 2016. However, it wasn’t at all serious as claimed by Flower while he said that it was a friendly banter on the breakfast table.
“But the impression being spread by Grant Flower is not entirely true. Younis apparently had jokingly picked up the butter knife and waved it around telling Grant to just let him have his breakfast end not give advice at the breakfast table,” the source said.
Younis Khan although is yet to respond to Grant’s claim, according to the source. While recalling the incident, Flower revealed that head coach Mickey Arthur had to intervene in that incident and calm Younis at that time. While contacting, the media manager of Pakistan in Worcestershire said they wouldn’t comment on the matter as of now.
The PCB source further said that it was disheartened to see former coaches and support staff share confidential information in public who have earlier worked but together in the team.
“And they also tend to add salt and pepper to incidents to grab headlines,” he shared.
However, Younis Khan has agreed to coach the batting to the Pakistan team for their England tour. Moreover, the former captain is the leading run-scorer in the longer format of the game and the only player from his country to cross 10,000 runs in the longer format.
Currently, the COVID-19 situation is slowly getting better in some places and England have started hosting other teams. They will first take on West Indies in Tests and then Pakistan. Although the ICC is yet to take a call on the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Australia later this year.