Inzamam ul Haq, former Pakistan captain and national selector, has lambasted former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower’s claims of Younis Khan putting a knife around his neck during his five-year stint.
Flower, who served as Pakistan batting coach between 2014-19, recently raked up a storm following his disclosure that Younis Khan had out a knife around his neck after he had offered some batting tips to the Pakistani legend during the 2016-17 tour of Australia.
“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,” Grant Flower said on the Following On Cricket Podcast.
“I am surprised why Grant is speaking about it now”- Inzamam Ul Haq on Grant Flower’s claims
Calling Flower’s statements as an attempt to ‘remain in media limelight’, Inzamam Ul Haq, who was the head of the selection committee at the time, said that he never heard such incident during his tenure.
“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 knife to anyone, “ Inzamam Ul Haq was quoted as saying by ‘The Dawn’
“I am surprised why Grant is speaking about it now. I think sometime an individual wants to remain in the media limelight. Imagine such claims after more than three years have no value. Further, I never heard such incident while I was the chief selector. To me this statement has no value.” he added.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board are yet to respond to Grant Flower’s claims. Former Pakistan cricketers like Rashid Latif and Basit Ali have reacted on Grant Flower’s claims. While Rashid Latif has said that former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin might be the reason behind Younis’s actions, Basit Ali has urged the PCB to take action against the former Zimbabwe batsman.