Younis Khan and Grant Flower.

Pakistan cricket was surrounded by a new controversy when former Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower revealed that Younis Khan had once put a knife to his throat while he was their batting coach.

The revelation made by the former Zimbabwe cricketer did attract a lot of attention and Younis was criticised for his action.

But now the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has clarified the former batsman’s actions and suggested that his gesture wasn’t a serious one. “It was just friendly banter on the breakfast table” the source told PTI.

“Younis apparently had jokingly picked up the butter knife and waved it around telling Grant,” he added.

Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed as Younis Khan as the batting coach for the away series against England to be played after the series against West Indies.

Apart from Khan, Pakistan have appointed Mushtaq Ahmed as the spin bowling coach for the series. Younis has been the backbone of the Pakistani batting line up as he scored more than 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He also became the best batsman in the ICC Test rankings.

With Younis Khan as the batting coach, the inexperienced batting line would be looking to show their mettle against England top quality bowlers in their own conditions which will be a challenge. With no Mohammad Aamir, the responsibility would be on Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas do the damage at the top.

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