August 29, 2009

Offbeat

'Swollen' Younis isn't making this up

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Sportsmen can serve up an infinite number of excuses to skip a match, or a scheduled meeting with the media. Just how often would you come across one which goes, “I was attacked by a swarm of bees?” Younis Khan lived to tell one such tale. While backing his car out of the garage, honey bees raided his face, leaving him all swollen in a few minutes. He then showed up late for a local match and was forced to skip a media discussion in Karachi because he couldn’t “speak freely.” Imagine denying Younis that right.

The day wasn’t a total washout. He did manage to show up for a fast-breaking party at the Karachi Press Club in his honour. He assures that it won't affect his preparations for the Champions Trophy.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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