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‘Azharuddin could have been a factor’: Rashid Latif on Younis Khan-Grant Flower knife incident

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

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

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s batting advice might have had a role to play in the Grant Flower-Younis Khan incident, former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif has said.

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

In the latest twist to the matter, Latif, who had himself captained Pakistan occasionally, said Azharuddin’s batting tips could have been a factor in the matter.

“We do not know what happens in the dressing room. Azharuddin can be a reason for the incident,” said Latif on an Youtube show ‘Caught Behind’.

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“In 2016, Younis made a double century at the Oval. He (Younis) did not take the name of the batting coach (Grant Flower). He said that I was struggling and talked to Azharuddin.

“That is a big factor that a player is opting for someone else rather than the coach. Flower must have done some things as batting coach and has served Pakistan. I think this Azharuddin factor must have been somewhere in his (Flower’s) mind,” he said.

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