IPL hits a sixer in Afghanistan

first_imgKolkata, Nov 19 (PTI) The hugely popular Indian Premier League is leading a cricket “revolution” in strife-torn Afghanistan where the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament and Bollywood sells like hot cakes. Such was the Indian T20 craze in the country that the Afghanistan National Cricket Board had launched their own version of IPL — Shpageeza (Chhakka in Hindi or sixer) — in 2013 to a huge success. The tournament is living up to its motto mentioned in the official Facebook page — United for Peace — as it has offered a pleasant distraction to Afghans despite the uncertainty about the countrys future. Recounting the formation of Shpageeza, which is also known as Sixers League, Naweed Sayem, who is a senior advisor of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, told PTI: “IPLs so popular that it literally stopped life in Afghanistan. You would find every shopkeeper, school or office goer or anyone in family hooked to it.” Taking a cue from the IPL, they launched their own version, Shpageeza in 2013 with five teams from all regions of the country. The chief executive officer of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Noor Muhammad Murad, was quoted saying in a report that around eight million Afghans watched the tournament live on TV in the second edition, likely making this the largest sporting event in Afghanistans recent history. “Cricket has provided a big boost to Afghanistans national pride in recent years — including our World Cup qualification in Australia. This (cricket league) is unprecedented. Cricket has brought lots of happiness to Afghans,” Sayem, who is here as the manager of the Afghanistan U-19 team, added. “Cricket can bring Afghans together and is a very good toll for peace and stability. Cricket and Shah Rukh Khan are the two most popular things there,” he said. The Afghanistan U-19 cricketers are here to play a tri-series one-day cricket tournament with India and Bangladesh, a preparatory tournament organised by the BCCI ahead of the next years World Cup. “For us its not just a preparation for the World Cup but its like a mini Asia Cup with big teams like India and Bangladesh. Were grateful to BCCI for arranging such a tournament,” Sayem added. He further said their senior team coach and Pakistani great Inzamam-ul Haq will join the colts ahead of the U-19 World Cup from January 22 till February 14. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Windows 10 responds to the Jedi mind trick

first_imgYou’ll never have to resort to the Jedi mind trick to avoid being captured by Stormtroopers, but it’s a skill worth remembering if you own a computer that supports Windows Hello.Quick refresher: Windows Hello is Microsoft’s new biometric platform for Windows 10. Switch it on and you can log in by swiping a fingerprint, having your iris scanned, or simply by looking into your webcam. With the arrival of the Windows 10 anniversary update, Hello will be able to replace password sign-ins in Edge and other apps, too.It’s a convenient way to log in, but it’s not perfect. There’s always the chance that you’ll swipe a tad too fast or there will be a bit of moisture on your finger. A re-swipe is usually all it takes to get signed in when that happens. But what if you have the lights down a bit too low and your depth-sensitive camera doesn’t recognize you?You could duck out of view quickly or stand up and sit down again to tell your computer to give it another go. Or you could just do your best Obi-Wan impression and wave your hand slowly across your webcam to tell it to start over — and remind it that yours is indeed the face it’s looking for.If the re-scan works, you’ll be able to go about your business without having to contort yourself or get out of your chair… or click the log-in options and resort to banging in your PIN or password like it’s still the 20th century.last_img read more