… complete historic unbeaten campaignTAROUBA, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) clinched a record fourth Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title in imperious fashion when they made light work of St Lucia Zouks by eight wickets in yesterday’s final, to complete a historic unbeaten campaign in the franchise tournament.Inspired by captain Kieron Pollard’s four-wicket haul, TKR withstood an early onslaught to restrict Zouks to 154 all out with five balls left in the innings, with Andre Fletcher top-scoring with a classy 39 off 27 deliveries.The target proved inadequate for star-studded TKR as opener Lendl Simmons blasted an unbeaten 84 from 49 deliveries with eight fours and four sixes and Darren Bravo, 58 not out off 47 balls with two fours and half-dozen sixes, to fire their side to victory with 11 balls remaining at the Brian Lara Stadium.Zouks had early momentum when they reduced TKR to 19 for two in the fourth over but hopes of a maiden CPL title were then dashed as Simmons and Bravo combined in a third-wicket record stand of 138.The triumph, before empty stands due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, added to previous conquests in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and Pollard said it had atoned for last year’s disappointment of bowing out at the semi-final stage.“It is a great, great feeling. We have worked really really hard for this,” said the 33-year-old who was voted Man-of-the-Series.“Last year when we sat in that dressing room after that semi-final against Barbados, you could have seen the disappointment in the guys. We retained the core of our team and decided to have a different plan and we had some rigorous conversations.“Right through the tournament, the guys just stuck to it – each and every time, each and every game wanting to improve as individuals and wanting to be the best that they can be and I think this one is really special because it was a total, total team effort.”A downcast Zouks skipper Darren Sammy, meanwhile, conceded TKR had been too experienced for his untested unit, especially after they found themselves short of a really competitive total.“We thought we were about 15 to 20 runs short from the start that we had, plus we didn’t completely (bat out our overs) and when you’re playing a side like TKR you have to at least make sure you make full use of your overs,” Sammy explained.“But we still felt we had enough when we put that amount of pressure (on) in the first six overs but these guys have been playing together for a while and their experience showed.“Bravo and Simmons have played so much cricket together, and they held their nerve, absorbed some pressure then they put it back on us.”Sent in, Zouks dominated the power-play when they raced to 60 for one at the end of that period, with Fletcher undertaking the bulk of the scoring in a knock decorated with four fours and two sixes.When Rahkeem Cornwall lost his middle stump to an Ali Khan (2-25) yorker in the second over for eight, Fletcher arrived to put on 67 for the second wicket with left-hander Mark Deyal who struck 29 from 27 balls with three fours and a six.Fletcher looked in fine touch, smashing off-spinner Sikandar Raza for back-to-back sixes on either side of the wicket in the fourth over before twice uncorking sizzling extra cover drives in the sixth over from Ali Khan.Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed (2-22) broke the stand in the ninth over when Deyal edged a cut to Dwayne Bravo at slip off the keeper’s gloves, as Zouks reached the half-way stage at 79 for two.But thereafter, TKR controlled the game as Zouks managed only 75 runs from the last 10 overs, with Afgan left-hander Najibullah Zadran getting 24 and West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase chipping in with 22.With the scoring rate having slowed, Fletcher hit out in frustration and was taken at long off in the 12th over to give Pollard (4-22) his first wicket and the wily slow medium bowler also broke a promising 26-run, fourth-wicket stand between Chase and Najibullah when he got Chase to sky a simple catch to long-on at the end of the 14th over.Najibullah then carried the fight for Zouks as no one else reached double figures. He struck three fours and a six in an 18-ball knock but eventually holed out on the ropes at square leg off Pollard in the penultimate over to be one of the last five wickets to tumble for just 17 runs off 15 deliveries.A contest then seemed in the making when Tion Webster (5) skied off-spinner Chase to mid-wicket in the third over and New Zealander Tim Seifert (4) nicked seamer Scott Kuggeleijn behind in the next.But that was the Zouks’ last sighting of success. Simmons punched three fours in the sixth over from seamer Kesrick Williams that leaked 14 runs before reaching his half-century off 31 balls in the 12th over by taking 16 runs from another Williams over.Bravo’s first scoring shot was a six over long-on off Chase in the fifth over but was then content to support Simmons, and his next nine runs required 20 deliveries.However, he came to life with a couple of sixes off leg-spinner Javelle Glen’s first over which cost 15 runs and then launched left-arm spinner Zahir Khan for two of three sixes in the 17th over which gushed 23 runs, to reach his half-century off 45 balls.By then TKR needed only 18 runs from the last three overs and Simmons single-handedly took 16 from the 18th from Kuggeleijn, to put one hand on the title.
…following CJ’s ruling– ruling has implications for several Govt MPs – JagdeoFollowing Thursday’s landmark court ruling that a dual citizen cannot be a Member of Guyana’s Parliament, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira is prepared to renounce her Canadian citizenship.Jagdeo made the revelation during his weekly press conference on Friday at theBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin was born in the UKparty’s Freedom House, Georgetown.According to the party’s General Secretary, the National Assembly is clear that a MP having dual citizenship will have implications and as such, he revealed Teixeira’s decision.“She is prepared to give up her Canadian citizenship, I spoke to members on myside about it…she said so voluntarily, I know that she has been thinking about it for a while and I didn’t call her to ask her if shePPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeirawill, I spoke with her and she said that,” Jagdeo revealed.Further, Jagdeo noted that the APNU/AFC coalition Government presently has several Ministers who also hold dual citizenship, including Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge.“Harmon now may no longer be a Minister by virtue of the Constitution, he has to resign because of the ruling and the same goes for Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs…this puts us in new territory. I have no doubt that the Government will try to appeal this, and CJ will uphold (the)Dr Rupert Roopnaraineruling…the ruling is clear, you cannot be a dual citizen in the National Assembly…that’s what our Constitutions says,” Jagdeo recognised.He noted, however, that the PPP/C would be holding an executive meeting where they will discuss a way forward.Justice George at the High Court on Thursday pronounced on the case filed by Government supporter, Compton Reid over the dual citizenship of former AFC Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud, whose vote in support of the Opposition sponsored no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018, saw thetoppling of the coalition Government.In the case it brought to the Chief Justice,Minister of State Joseph Harmon is reportedly a dual citizen of the USGovernment had argued that Persaud’s dual citizenship status invalidated his vote in support of the no-confidence motion that brought the Government down.This argument also formed part of the opinions presented to Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland in the hopes that he would reverse the ruling – something the speaker ultimately refused to do.According to the CJ, by swearing allegiance to another state, a dual citizen is not qualified to be elected to serve in the National Assembly. She noted that whileForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge is a dual citizen of the UKformer coalition Member of Parliament, Charrandas Persaud should not have been a sitting parliamentarian because of his dual citizenship, at the time of his vote on the motion, he was a valid MP hence his vote was valid.Efforts by this publication to make contact with Harmon and Greenidge were unsuccessful.
1 Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil Mesut Ozil cannot wait to start providing the ammunition for “ice cold” Alexandre Lacazette to help fire Arsenal towards Premier League glory next season.The 26-year-old’s protracted transfer from home-town club Lyon was finally confirmed late on Wednesday afternoon.The deal is understood to be a club-record fee which surpasses the £42.4million paid to Real Madrid for Ozil in 2013, and could end up as high as £52million.Lacazette plundered some 37 goals in all competitions during the last campaign and revealed linking up with the likes of German playmaker Ozil and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez was one of the major attractions to joining the Gunners, who will be competing in the Europa League next season having missed out on the top four.Ozil, whose own future remains the subject of speculation with only a year left on his current contract, is relishing the opportunity to create chances for such a clinical finisher, having set up some 42 Premier League goals since moving from Spain.“I am really looking forward to it. He is a very good striker who has scored many goals in Ligue 1, not just this season but in previous seasons too. We are really happy to have such a class striker here with us,” Ozil said on Arsenal Player.“From what I have heard he is meant to be very good, always hungry for goals and ice-cold when he gets into a scoring position. My friends who follow the French league know him well and have told me that I will definitely have fun with him on the pitch.“I hope that he will be able to take us further with his goals. I am sure he is happy to be here and to be able to play with us, and we are pleased to be able to assist him and help him to score as many goals as possible.”Ozil gave little away as to thoughts on his own long-term future in the brief interview with the club’s in-house media, having spent his summer with family in the sun to “build up my strength” after Germany selected a young squad for the Confederations Cup in Russia, allowing their established players an extended break.The 28-year-old World Cup winner is set to be part of the Arsenal tour to Australia and China, though, with Lacazette also expected to make the trip ahead of a home debut in the Emirates Cup at the end of July.Lacazette becomes the Gunners’ second major summer addition following the arrival of left-back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to further strength the squad before the end of the transfer window, with Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez both said to be targets.However, the arrival of the France forward is also likely to signal departures, with the Gunners now at their full quota of non home-grown players.Defender Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs have both been linked with moves away, along with Spanish forward Lucas Perez and French striker Olivier Giroud, who is said to be wanted by both Everton and West Ham.Arsenal will also look to tie down the future of Sanchez, who was away with Chile at the Confederations Cup where La Roja were beaten by Germany in the final.The 28-year-old is out of contract next summer and there has been reported interest from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich as well as big-money offers from China.