– placed on M bailA businessman on Wednesday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate JudyMohammed RahmandLatchman, charged with causing death by dangerous driving.Mohammed Rahmand, from the West Bank of Demerara (WBD), pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.It is alleged that on July 28, at Houston Public Road, Georgetown, the 31-year-old man drove a motor vehicle bearing registration plates PSS 4430 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Lisa Khan.The prosecution’s case contended that on the day in question, the defendant was attempting to overtake another vehicle when he struck Khan in the process.Following the accident, a breathalyser test was conducted and it was found that the defendant was over the legal alcohol limit.As such, he was arrested and charged with the offence. In court on Wednesday, the family of the deceased told the court that they do not wish to pursue the matter, as the defendant has been assisting them with burial expenses.However, this did not have any impact on the court’s decision to have the matter go to trial. After a successful bail application, the businessman was placed on $1 million bail.The case will continue on August 17.
Kings XI Punjab opener Hashim Amla feels he is more comfortable with the T20 format now after playing in his maiden Indian Premier League season and said that there is no reason why conventional batsmen like him can’t be successful in the shortest format.Amla was branded as a Test specialist early on in his career but 12 years after making his international debut, he is a valuable asset for the team across all formats. To add to that, his recent run of form in T20s has clearly shown how well he has adjusted to the slam bang version of the game.’Basics remain the same in T20s'”There has been a lot of T20 cricket of late and that helps. Yes you do try to hit a few, innovate but the basics remain the same,” said Amla, who was roped in as a late replacement for Shaun Marsh at Kings XI.He feels the T20 format is not just for power hitters, something well illustrated by Indian star Virat Kohli, who yesterday broke the record for the highest-runs scored in an IPL season including an unprecedented three centuries.’T20s not always about power-hitting'”Everyone has a different approach but the basics remain the same. Everyone is trying to get better. You have players who have more power and there are players, who play according to the situation. Power hitting or any other way, you have to get the job done.”Initially (as a conventional batsman) it does take a little bit of time but with so much cricket happening in all formats, it has allowed us the opportunity to adjust as quickly as possible,” explained 33-year-old.advertisementSouth Africa did not have a memorable World T20 but Amla ended the tournament with couple of half centuries. He has carried that form into his maiden IPL and in the team’s last outing, smashed 96 off 56 balls, albeit in a losing cause.Though his team is already out of the tournament, Amla wants to make the most of his debut IPL season.’Always wanted to play in IPL’Was he hurt at not being given the opportunity to play in IPL all these years?”I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. This year was a blessing in disguise. I got to spend a month at home after the World T20. I had always wanted to play in the IPL but there were always other things to do.”It was nice to get a month with the family. We (South Africa) have the tour to West Indies coming up. Hopefully, I will get some runs under my belt before the international season begins,” added Amla, who stepped down as Test captain in January to focus more on his game.