London, July 2 (IANS) Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan had once held a knife to ex-batting coach Grant Flower’s throat for offering him batting tips, the former Zimbabwe batsman has claimed.
“Younis Khan… quite tough to master,” said Flower, who is currently serving as Sri Lanka’s batting coach, during a conversation with brother Andy and host Neil Manthorp on the ‘Following On Cricket Podcast’ for talkSPORT.
“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.”
Pakistan batting great Younis was recently appointed batting coach for Pakistan’s tour of England. He has scored 10,099 runs in 118 Tests for Pakistan at an average of 52.05.
“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.
During the same conversation, Andy Flower opened up regarding his relationship with former England batsman Kevin Pietersen during his time as the head coach of the ‘Three Lions’.
Flower’s relationship with Pietersen seemingly turned sour following the infamous ‘textgate’ scandal that rocked England cricket in 2012.
Flower resigned as the head coach after England were thrashed 5-0 in the 2013/14 Ashes series Down Under and Pietersen was sacked just days after the Zimbabwean’s departure.
Later, in 2014, Pietersen claimed in his autobiography that he was made the scapegoat for England’s losses during Flower’s tenure and also alleged that he was bullied in the dressing room.