The story of Younis Khan, Hasan Ali and the ice bath

Duo were involved in a heated exchange after the fourth T20I against South Africa in Centurion

The story of Younis Khan, Hasan Ali and the ice bath PHOTO: AFP

Younis Khan, Pakistan team’s former batting coach, had suddenly resigned from his role, few days back. Although, initially, the situation was unclear as to what led to Younis’ exit but now sources have revealed some shocking details about his tenure.

PCB and Younis, on June 22, mutually agreed to part ways. A dental treatment and strained relationship between Younis Khan and the top PCB officials and players was the reason behind the former’s resignation as the batting coach of the Men in Green.

According to sources, Younis was involved in a heated exchange with pacer Hasan Ali after the fourth Twenty20 International (T20I) match against South Africa in Centurion. The pacer had taken three wickets and also played the winning shot to take Pakistan over the line in that match.

After the game was over, the Pakistan team’s trainer advised players to take an ice bath as part of the recovery process. However, Hasan refused as he felt that his body was doing fine. Head Coach Misbahul Haq was in the washroom, while Bowling Coach Waqar Younis was breaking his fast at that time.

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At this moment, Younis insisted, despite the matter being outside his domain, that Hasan should do as advised but this led to strong words being exchanged between the duo. Before the situation got out of hands, two cricketers, along with Waqar, intervened and put a temporary end to the issue.  

Later, Hasan tried to apologise to Younis but the latter was interested in talking to him. The former batting coach also remained quiet and reserved during the rest of the tour.

Surprisingly, Team Manager Mansoor Rana didn’t mention this incident in his report. Rana got the role through his close association with Director International Cricket, Zakir Khan, which is why he, probably, swept this issue under the carpet inorder to keep his position strong.