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Shoaib Akhtar backs Shahid Afridi’s claims of harsh treatment by seniors in Pakistan team

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KarachiMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 15:03 IST Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi have both claimed to have been treated harshly by seniors in Pakistan team (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShahid Afridi has made some sensational and controversial claims in his autobiographyAfridi even wrote that ex-coach Miandad forced him to praise him during a presentation ceremonySome former Pakistan players have lashed out at Afridi for the claims he has made in the bookFormer Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has backed the claims made by his ex-teammate Shahid Afridi in his latest autobiography titled ‘Game Changer’.Afridi, in his autobiography, has claimed that he received harsh treatment from his seniors during his playing days. Citing one example, he said former Pakistan coach Javed Miandad did not let him participate in the batting practice session before the Chennai Test against India in 1999.Backing Afridi’s claims, Akhtar said he too received harsh treatment from senior cricketers during his playing days.”I think Shahid Afridi has written less in his book about the harsh treatment he received from senior players during his playing days. I witnessed some of it with my own eyes and totally agree with him,” The Express Tribune quoted Akhtar as saying while speaking during a show on a local sports channel.Afridi, in his book, has written that Miandad even forced him to praise him during the presentation ceremony after which the former T20 captain lost all respect for Miandad.Akhtar, while backing Afridi’s claims, said that ten senior players had later asked the two of them for forgiveness for their behaviour during the playing days.”Later down the years, ten of these senior players asked us for forgiveness, before leaving for Umrah, for the way they treated us,” Akhtar said.While talking about his past experiences, Akhtar said four players were about to beat him with a bat.”Once during a tour of Australia, four players approached with the intention of hitting me with a bat,” said the 43-year-old.advertisementEarlier, out of favour Imran Farhat had lashed out at Afridi, saying the former all-rounder was a “selfish player” who ruined many careers for his own good.In a series of tweets, Farhat said he was ashamed to know that Afridi, who lied for 20 years about his age, is naming and blaming some of the legendary cricketers of Pakistan.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Shahid AfridiFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow Pakistan cricket team Shoaib Akhtar backs Shahid Afridi’s claims of harsh treatment by seniors in Pakistan teamBacking Shahid Afridi’s claims, Shoaib Akhtar said he too received harsh treatment from senior cricketers during his playing days.advertisementlast_img read more

White silver remain the top vehicles colours worldwide in 2012

DETROIT – If you bought a new vehicle this year, chances are high it was white or silver.Twenty-two per cent of cars and trucks built for the 2012 model year have white paint, making it the most popular colour worldwide. Silver is close behind, at 20 per cent, followed by black at 19 per cent. Gray and red follow to round out the top five.White is the most popular colour for the second year in a row after overtaking silver in 2011. The annual rankings are compiled by automotive paint supplier PPG Industries Inc., a Pittsburgh-based company that provides paints to General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., BMW AG and others.The rankings are skewed somewhat by the large number of pickup trucks on the market. Trucks accounted for 55 per cent of North American production in the first eight months of this year, according to Ward’s, which compiles automotive data. One in four pickups produced is white because business owners often use them as work trucks and paint logos on them. By comparison, 19 per cent of midsize cars made in North America are white.White, which was also popular in the 1980s, is making a comeback as a modern, high-tech colour thanks in part to Apple Inc.’s all-white stores and glossy white gadgets, said Jane Harrington, PPG’s manager of colour styling for car companies. Manufacturers are also making more varieties of white, from the flat, bright white on many vans to the pearly cream of luxury SUVs.Silver also rose in popularity as a high-tech colour starting in the 2000s, and remains especially popular choice in Asia. It remains in vogue because it highlights every angle of a car, Harrington said.“Silver looks great on any design,” Harrington said.White and other “safe” colours — silver, grey and black — also got more popular during the economic downturn, as buyers stopped leasing and bought vehicles they expected to hold on to for much longer, said Michelle Killen, GM’s lead colour designer for exterior paints. They were leery of some of the more daring colours on the market, like the magenta available on the Ford Fiesta or the bright orange on the Scion iQ.“Buyers want to purchase a colour they won’t grow tired of over an extended period of time,” Killen said.Colour preferences vary by geography. You’ll find more red vehicles in North America. Black and grey overtake silver in popularity in Europe. Drivers in Asia like tan and gold but not green. Only about 7 per cent of cars in every region are blue.PPG, which also develops paints for cellphones, laptops, airplanes and houses, bases its automotive paints on trends it sees in fashion, interior design and other areas. Harrington saw a lot of purple at a recent home colour show in Paris, for example, so she helped develop a purplish grey paint for cars. PPG starts showing paints to carmakers three or four years ahead of a model’s release, and automakers settle on colours two or three years before a model goes on sale.Harrington predicts customers will see more browns and oranges over the next two years, especially on luxury cars. Brown — which reminds people of leather or a rich cup of coffee — evokes luxury around the world. Earthy colours are also appealing to drivers concerned about the environment.As for the 2015 and 2016 model years, PPG is showing 64 future colour options to automakers this week. Among those are Al Fresco, a silver metallic with a green tint; Glacier, an icy grey with a violet blue tone; and Elixir, a metallic mixture of silver and magenta. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 10, 2012 5:32 am MDT White, silver remain the top vehicles colours worldwide in 2012 read more