Even though cricket is widely regarded as a gentleman’s game, over the years there have been many incidents on and off the field where players, coaches, and support staff have crossed the line bringing bad name to the game. Grant Flower who once served as the coach of the Pakistan team revealed an incident where a former Pakistan batsman held a knife to his throat.
Younis Khan is probably one of the greatest batsmen Pakistan has ever produced and he is the only one from the country to make 10,000 Test runs. Throughout his career, he was known for his gentle nature quite contrary to the rest of his Pakistani teammates. He always had a smile on his face. But during his latest interview Grant Flower who was Pakistan's batting coach from 2014 to 2019, recalled an incident in Australia where Younis Khan crossed the line and held a knife around his throat.
“Younis Khan… quite tough to master. 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,” Grant said.
Grant Flower who is currently serving as the batting coach of the Sri Lankan team added that it was these kinds of small incidents that make coaching interesting. He went onto clarify that as a coach it was always his duty to bring these contrasting characters together.
“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.
Flower also revealed that Ahmed Shehzad was another interesting character in the Pakistan team who was quite rebellious. He added that these rebellious characters either make it big or just fade away.
“He's a very skillful batter, but quite rebellious. Every team has got its rebel. Sometimes it makes them better players, sometimes maybe not so,” said Flower.
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