Unity Party Chairman, Sen. Varney Sherman, believes the Supreme Court’s involvement in electoral-related disputes of the senatorial election in Grand Cape Mount County last December was a “Machination to keep him off the President Pro-Tempore election.”Sherman was taken to court by rival candidate, Dr. Fodee Kromah, of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) after the December 2014 poll results did not favor the opposition candidate.The High Court then placed a ‘Stay Order’ on the process and instructed the Elections Commission not to the certify Sherman and several others in a similar situation.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, the Grand Cape Mount County Senator for the first time spoke on the controversies between the High Court and NEC over the disputed election results.According to him, the law suit against him was more about keeping his potential candidacy away from the political process on Capitol Hill than a legal matter.Though Sherman declined to name the plotters behind his political obstructions, he could neither dismiss nor name his party’s flag bearer, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, of being the mastermind.Asked who was behind his allegation, the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Chairman responded with another question: “How could I have known that?”He noted that seeing him as a political heavy weight, his opponents felt his presence in the process could have caused some damages to other candidates.“I don’t know whether the President was the one behind this or not, but I’m the chairman of the party and if there should be anything, I think the President should have supported me.”“Did the President support you?” Daily Observer asked. “The President didn’t have to go campaigning for me because I didn’t invite her.“The President cannot speak Vai, Mende or Gola. So why would she go campaigning for me in Grand Cape Mount.“I was comfortable with the campaign over there; so I didn’t need the President to visit the region. Maybe because I didn’t invite her, that’s why she didn’t go there. I was comfortable,” Cllr. Sherman said confidently.Said Sherman, “Pray tell me, if the President were to have gone to Cape Mount, what would she have contributed? As I said, she doesn’t speak the local languages, so what would she have told the people?”He acknowledged Vice President Joseph N. Boakai’s visit to the county on his campaign trail, but said he did not invite him either. However, the Veep participated in the campaign.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mohammed Siraj was a relatively unknown name in Indian domestic cricket until the 2016-17 Ranji season where he picked up 41 wickets and became the one to watch out for in future.Then came the Indian Premier League auction in 2017 where he got picked up by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore and there was no looking back for him from there on.The Hyderabad speedster, in his maiden IPL season, repaid the faith shown in him by the SRH franchise by picking up 10 wickets in six matches at an average of 21.20 with the best bowling figures of 4 for 32.Looking at Siraj’s form over the past one year, the BCCI selectors named him in the India A squad for the tour of South Africa starting July 26. India A will play a one-day tri-series involving Australia A and South Africa A followed by two four-day matches against the hosts.The tour starts with the first one-dayer of the triangular series in Groenkloof on July 26 between India A and Australia A.”This is a good opportunity for me and I will try to make the most of it. I would like to perform and make it count as I look to play for India in the future. God willing my dream will come true. People at home and my team-mates are very happy that I have been selected for India A,” Siraj told bcci.tv in an interview.Siraj comes from a very humble background where his father, an auto-rickshaw driver, was the sole earner in the family until his son got the big break in the IPL. The lanky pacer used to play tennis-ball cricket in Hyderabad and didn’t have a clue of how a regular cricket ball looks like and what can be done with it till the time he met with his coach in the Hyderabad Ranji team.advertisement”I used to play tennis-ball cricket. Before playing in the Ranji Trophy, I didn’t know anything about things like seam or swing. All I knew was to bowl on one spot and that’s what I would do. Now I know other things like reverse swing,” Siraj said while reflecting on his early days.”I got to learn a lot from Paras sir during the Ranji Trophy. He would tell me to keep bowling in one area, bowl your stock ball to whoever the batsman is and back yourself. The batsman will make a mistake and you will get a wicket,” he added.The 22-year-old’s sole aim now is to focus to his strengths on the tour of South Africa given that he will be playing in those conditions for the first time.”I don’t know how the wickets will be in South Africa. I will go there and see. In one-dayers, I will work on bowling yorkers in death overs and things like that. I will focus on my strengths whether it is a multi-day or a one-day game and do what I have been doing in domestic cricket,” Siraj said.