Former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower’s recent revelation about Younis Khan’s behaviour inside the dressing room has caused quite a storm. Flower sensationally revealed that Younis Khan once held a knife to his throat when he tried to offer him some advice.
“Younis Khan was 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,” Flower had said on ‘Following On Cricket Podcast’.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has distanced itself from the controversy and has not responded to it. However, a number of former Pakistan cricketers have made sure to give their opinions on Flower’s revelation. A couple of days ago, former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali had slammed the Zimbabwe great, saying that ‘Pakistan cricket is not that bad that coaches like Grant Flower give suggestions to Younis Khan’.
Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif has given his take on the matter too. And he has provided a surprising angle to the episode. Rashid Latif believes former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin might be the reason behind Flower’s reaction.
Rashid Latif insisted that Younis Khan crediting Mohammad Azharuddin for his double century in England might be the reason behind Flower’s statement.
“We do not know what happens inside the dressing room. But Azharuddin can be a reason for this. In 2016, Younis made a double century at the Oval. He (Younis) did not take the name of the batting coach (Grant Flower). He said that I was struggling and talked to Azharuddin,” Rashid Latif said in YouTube show called ‘Caught Behind’.
“That is a big factor that a player is crediting someone else rather than the coach. Flower must have contributed as a batting coach and served Pakistan. But I think this Azharuddin factor must have been somewhere in his (Flower’s) mind and he probably wanted to get back to him,” he added.
Latif was referring to Younis’ 218-run knock at the Oval in 2016 that helped Pakistan win the last Test and square the series 2-2 against England. The former Pakistan batsman was struggling with the bat but had bounced back in style in the final Test of the series. He became the oldest Pakistan batsman to score a double hundred at the age of 38. After the match, Younis had revealed that Azharuddin had called him up before the last Test of the series and advised him.