What You­nis did to Grant was on lighter note: PCB

The Asian Age - - Games -

Karachi, July 3: The Pak­istan Cricket Board and the na­tional team tour­ing Eng­land have re­fused to com­ment on for­mer bat­ting coach Grant Flower’s stun­ning claim that ex-cap­tain You­nis Khan once held a knife to his throat on re­ceiv­ing some un­wanted ad­vice.

Flower made the sen­sa­tional al­le­ga­tion dur­ing a cricket pod­cast in which he spoke about his nearly five-year stint with the na­tional team be­tween 2014 and 2019. You­nis is cur­rently the bat­ting coach of Pak­istan.

An of­fi­cial re­sponse was not forth­com­ing from the PCB but a well-in­formed source in the board said that the in­ci­dent, that took place in Brisbane dur­ing a 2016 tour of Aus­tralia, wasn’t a case of se­ri­ous threat as por­trayed by Flower but just friendly ban­ter on the break­fast ta­ble dur­ing the Test match.

“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 and not give ad­vice at the break­fast ta­ble,” the source con­firmed.

You­nis is un­likely to re­spond to Grant’s nar­ra­tion of what hap­pened, the source added.

Re­call­ing the in­ci­dent, Flower also said that head coach Mickey Arthur had to in­ter­vene and calm You­nis at that time.

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 and not give ad­vice at the break­fast ta­ble. — A PCB OF­FI­CIAL

on the in­ci­dent

PTI

— AFP

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