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‘Azharuddin may be a factor’: Younis Khan-Grant Flower Knife incident, Rashid Latif

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Published: July 5, 2020 11:46:08 pm


Younis Younis Khan has previously said that he is grateful to many Indian cricketers like Azharuddin and Rahul Dravid for their batting. (File photo / Reuters)

The batting advice of former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin may have a role to play in the Grant Flower-Younis Khan incident, which former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif has said.

Former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower revealed earlier this week that Younis Khan had a knife on his neck four years ago during a match in Australia. The PCB has declined to comment on the matter, while clarification has come from former head coach Mickey Arthur that it was a kitchen knife.

In the latest twist of the case, Latif, who occasionally captained Pakistan, said Azharuddin’s batting tips could be a factor in the case.

“We don’t know what happens in the dressing room.” Azharuddin could be a reason for this incident, “Latif said on a YouTube show ‘Caught Behind’.

“In 2016, Younis scored a double century at the Oval. He (Younis) did not name the batting coach (Grant Flower). He said that I was talking to Azharuddin.

“It is a big factor that a player is opting for someone else rather than a coach. Pushp would have done a few things as a batting coach and served Pakistan. I think this Azharuddin factor must have been somewhere in his (flower) mind, ”he said.

Speaking on the Cricket Podcast earlier this week, Flower recounted an incident when Younis Khan disagreed so much with his batting tips that he brought a knife to his throat and Mickey Arthur had to intervene.

“Younis Khan did not heed my advice and brought a knife near my throat, with Mickey Arthur seated, who had to intervene,” he said.

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