Cricket is a scary sport and calamity can strike any time on the pitch, but for Andy Flower, the threat existed inside the comforts of the dressing room.
Former Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower, who served as the batting coach for the Pakistan National Team revealed a scary glimpse of his tenure which included the yielding of a knife on his throat by Younis Khan.
The 49-year-old had done nothing but offer the middle-order batsman a piece of advice before heading out to face a potent Australian bowling attack on a fiery Brisbane surface.
Younis Khan, however, did not take the advice in the intended spirit and resorted to holding a knife against the batting coach. Head coach Mickey Arthur had to intervene to avoid the matter being escalated.
Flower, who is currently serving as the batting of the Sri Lanka national team revealed to Andy and host Neil Manthorp on the ”Following On Cricket Podcast” about the horrific incident. He said:
“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.”
“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,”
Apart from Younis Khan, another player that caught Flower’s eye due to his antics was Ahmed Shahzad. The coach added while labelling him as an “interesting character”
“He’s a very skilful batter, but quite rebellious. Every team has got its rebel. Sometimes it makes them better players, sometimes maybe not so,”
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