Inzamam-ul-Haq stunned by Grant Flower’s ‘knife’ allegation against Younis Khan
Inzamam said the claims after more than three years don't have any value.
Updated - Jul 6, 2020 5:36 pm
Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistan cricketer, reckons that Grant Flower’s allegations against Younis Khan are completely baseless. Flower once said that during the tour of Australia in 2016-17, the veteran brought a knife to his throat when he tried to give Khan some batting advice.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stayed mum on the issue and even a source from the board said that it was on a lighter note. Inzamam, who’s also a former national chief selector, has hit out at Flower, saying that the latter is craving for some attention from the media.
“I just can’t believe what Grant has been saying. I played with Younis for a long time and I know him very well. Younis is someone who can never show a knife to anyone. I am surprised why Grant is speaking about it now. I think sometimes an individual wants to remain in the media limelight,” Inzamam was quoted as saying in Dawn.
I never heard such an incident while I was the chief selector, says Inzamam-ul-Haq
“Imagine such claims after more than three years have no value. Further, I never heard such an incident while I was the chief selector. To me, this statement has no value,” he stated.
About the incident, Flower had said that Mickey Arthur, the then head coach of the Pakistan team, had to intervene to bring sanity back into proceedings.
“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 told.
Younis is the only Pakistan batsman to score over 10,000 runs in Test cricket and retired back in 2017. He has recently been appointed as the batting coach of the national team. He also scored 7,249 runs in his ODI career. Moreover, he boasted of 41 centuries and 83 fifties at the highest level.
Flower, on the other hand, is one of the greatest cricketers Zimbabwe have ever produced. Along with brother Andy, he gave opponents plenty of headaches. In 67 Tests and 221 ODIs, he scored around 10,000 runs and picked up 129 wickets.