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March, 2017

Cricketing Veterans of CSS


CSS Group’s two senior staff members played this year’s Veteran’s Premier League held in Wayand, Kerala. Fida Asghar & Hareesh Haridas, two well-known names in the Cricketing circuits of Kerala & the UAE played for two different teams. While Fida Asghar played for the Absolute Sobers, Hareesh played with Kochi Royals. Interestingly both the team entered the finals after the league matches.

About KVCA

Kerala Veterans Cricket Association – a fraternity of former state cricketers was formed as early as 1995. Affiliated to the Board of Veterans Cricket in India, the KVCA has been extremely active with its cricket tours to almost all cricket-playing countries, hosting, conducting international & national level tournaments and also playing a constructive role in the development of cricket in the state. Presently, KVCA has over 200 members comprising national and international cricketers, celebrities and sports administrators.

CSS had always patronised Cricket in the UAE and played a commendable role in promoting cricketing talents from the local and international levels. Fida Asghar, Team Manager of the NVOCC department in CSS Dubai, is a first class cricketer. Hareesh Haridas has a wonderful track record of playing major league matches in the UAE and India and is a leading batsman who works in the capacity of Manager in Supply Chain department of CSS Dubai.


January, 2016

Kerala Cricket League


CSS Kingston Alleppey Amigos Play KCL Dubai



CSS Kingston Logistics FZC, sponsored Alleppey Amigos team participated in the recently concluded Kerala Cricket League (KCL).  Destructive West Indies batsman and the ambassador of Kerala Cricket League 2015, Chris Gayle has officially opened the third edition of the tournament here. Gayle kick-started the competition in his trade-mark style after getting into his batting gear and lofting the ball high much to the delight of the nearly 2,000-strong spectators gathered at the Sevens Stadium. Sixteen teams featuring UAE cricketing talent took part in the league in four groups, which was managed by Seashell Events UAE and was organised under the patronage of Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Cricket Council. Renowned Malayalam film actress Nyla Usha was the Brand Ambassador of CSS Kinston Alleppey Amigos team


September, 2015

Hole in One


Ken Dinnadge achieves hole in one at Emirates golf club


CSS Group VP Business development Ken Dinnadge continues to impress in his friendly customer golf outings by achievement yet another mile stone in his golfing by scoring yet another hole in one on Dubai’s championship course, the Emirates golf club.

Ken was presented with a certificate by the club and will also have his name listed on the wall of fame:-

The Emirates Golf Club, host of the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988. Taking pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, the club sports two of the city’s finest must-play courses, the Majlis and the Faldo Course, which is also the only 18 hole course in the region to offer night golf. Both courses combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse remains the most eye-catching in the region. The Majlis Course has been presented with numerous accolades over its 25 year history, including its 2012 ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in the World’ and being awarded ‘Best Course Middle East’ in the Asian Golf Monthly Awards.  Emirates Golf Club is also the only golf club in the MENA region to receive GEO Certification.

To achieve a hole on one on this course is a great achievement!


March, 2015

Fireworks at The School Cricket


CSS HOMEWARD BOUND CRICKET TOURNAMENT CONCLUDES WITH A THRILLING FINALE



Arab unity emerged as the champions of the CSS Homeward Bound inter school cricket tournament defeating Gems modern academy for 36 runs at the fair grounds of the Dubai men’s college. The tournament staged after 6 years due to shortage of ground availability, was a great success with 10 top schools from the UAE competing the event and unearthed many a talents from the region for cricket. CSS Homeward bound were the Main sponsors for the event which lasted for almost 3 months due to exams and vacations for the participating schools in between.

Iritza Ali, the hero of the final cracked a half century and took three wickets to bag the prestigious man of the final award. Batting first Arab unity lost opener Huzaifa Nadeem for six, but Irtiza and Ramal Perera steadied the innings with a crucial 46 runs stand.

CSS Homeward Bound, the leaders in Moving & Relocations, sponsored the Inter-School cricket tournament and showed its interest in promoting talents from the budding levels of cricket. As a Champion of philanthropy CSS Group, the parent organization is involved in many novel initiatives promoting charity activities across the UAE. The final match and the presentation ceremony was attended by Unnikrishnan G, Head of Marketing & Corporate communications CSS Group and Syed Ahmed Zeeshan, General Manager, CSS Homeward Bound along with the pantheon of players from the cricketing fraternity in Dubai.


November, 2014

CSS Group KPL Dubai Season 3


KPL ENTERS SEASON 3 WITH CSS GROUP AS THE MAIN SPONSOR OF THE EVENT
CSS Group KPL Dubai Season 3 kicked off to a glittering & glamorous start on the 17th October at the ICC Grounds, Sports city Dubai. The inaugural function which was attended by celebrities and dignitaries from DCC went off with a colorful performance from DJ Kips & Music Band Masala Coffee. The toss went up at 7:30 in the evening for which hundreds of fans from both Palakkad Harvestors and Cochin Diwans, who played the first match witnessed. KPL Directors, T S Kaladharan, CTK Nasir, Paul T Joseph & Thomas Philip were present on the ground. KPL convener Radhakrishnan (Radhu) narrated the events from the ground. KPL Director & ambassador Bharat Suresh Gopi, Narain & Bhama cheered the onlookers. Josh FM 97.8 RJ Parikshith did live programme from the venue. Friends from the media, and other team members and owners were present for the function.

A total of 12 Glorious Teams named with 12 Districts from Kerala is playing the tournament for the coveted KPL trophy. Each team consists of a minimum of 2 players preferable from the respective districts of Kerala in a playing XI and the remaining from local talent with one player under the age of 22 and maximum of 2 overseas players.

CSS Group since celebrating their 20th anniversary, has become the Title sponsors for KPL this year

The tournament is managed and supported by AAA Group, Petrotek, Space max LLC & Nucaf.

KPL Dubai is the biggest Asian sporting event of the region and it gives you the opportunity to be known to and reach, one of the largest communities in the region. After the super hit Indian Premier League and in consideration of the 4.5 million Asian populations in the UAE – the highest number among all expats, Kerala Premier League Dubai was formed under the guidance and support from the Dubai Cricket Council, and the generous patronage from the sponsors and the cricket loving community in Dubai. KPL successfully completed 2 seasons of cricketing festival in Dubai and has entered the third season with a bang. The final will be played on the 21st November 2014.

KPL Dubai offers the richest prize money in this segment of cricket with a total of 250,000 Dirhams. Lots of surprising gifts are there for spectators as well.

Brand Ambassadors of KPL – Bharat Suresh Gopi, Actor Narain and Actress Bhamaa were present along with actor Joju who came to cheer for the Palakkad Harvestors Team.

The finals would witness renowned Thykoodam Bridge on stage for the closing day celebrations.


November, 2014

Alleppey Ripples Players Profile


FAYAZ AHMED

Fayaz Ahmed is a UAE player presently playing and is in squad for world cup 2015. Fayaz is rated as a top left arm all-rounder in the UAE. He is playing his second season of KPL Dubai with Alleppey ripples team. Fayaz’s presence gives an international outlook for the entire team.


SHAHZAD MALIK
Shahzad is considered as a top class batsman in the UAE with plenty of experience in all levels of domestic and international cricket.  He holds the record of scoring 403 in 45 over official game. His experience as a batsman and conditional seasoning career will be reflected in the teams performance.


BABAR MALIK
Babar represented UAE from 1996 upto 2002. He also represented A division clubs like Emirates bank, ECB, Eurocon, Al kabeer and Ibsons. Babar is known for his exemplary batting skills and a powerful hitter when it comes to T20. He is playing with Alleppey Ripples for the Second season.


AHMED SHAUKAT
Ahmed played for Multan region and is considered to be one of the best all rounders currently playing in the UAE. Ahmed being a very good fast bowler, could  strengthen the bowling line up of Alleppey ripples.


HABIB GHAZI
Habib Ghazi has a wonderful experience in playing club cricket in Ireland for over 7 years which has sharpened his skills in cricket. He also enjoys a tremendous success with Ibsons and is a live wire on the field. Habib is playing his first season of KPL.


ZAKIR MALIK
Zakir is a wonderful batting talent with some hard hitting skills. His experience starts from the Navy cricket team of Pakistan till this date. Zakir Malik is now representing alubond tigers in the local cricket.


IRFAN SAJID
Irfan is a name you can rely on in the middle order when it comes to batting. A highly talented leg spinner, Irfan is being named amongst the 20 players currently in the UAE pool for the world cup.




MOHSIN KHAN
Mohsin Khan a very talented fast bowler and an exemplary fielder has represented the under 19 squad of the UAE in various occasions. He has also played for Farooq Cricket Club in A Division tournaments.


HAREESH M HARIDAS (CAPTAIN)
A well known name in the cricketing community of UAE, Hareesh has represented Kerala Under- 21 to Under 23 squad from the year 1993 to 1996. Hareesh is a highly talented batsman who can change the game any time. He has played for Tellicherry Cricket Club & Team CSS in UAE for almost all the Domestics A and B Division tournaments and in various formats.


WASIM BAIG
Waseem Baig is from the Gujarat city of Pakistan and has a wonderful cricketing career history in first class matches back home. He plays middle order in Ibsons club and is one of the best finishers of game and a brilliant fielder plus a handy off spin bowler.


MISBA KHAN
Misba at his young age acquired plenty of experience. He is a fighter cricketer having all round skills. Misba is good in his right arm off-spin and is a reliable bowler for Alleppey ripples. This is his first KPL appearance and is belligerent with his tactics. He can show us some wonderful cricket this season.


MOHAMMED SHAFIQ
A person with lot of experiences with legends of Pakistan Cricket, and that is Mohammed Shafiq. Inzamam-Ul Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed were regular players under his captaincy while he led the Multan region. Played under 19 for Pakistan and represented Pakistan A team and the UAE international team.


ANEESH KAKKOT
Aneesh has been Prolific run getter in the domestic circuit and a fine all rounder representing UAE-Exchange Centre in UAE. Live wire in the field. This will be his second season for the Alleppey Ripples.


IRFAN AKRAM HAJI
Haji doesn’t require an introduction in the UAE because of his all-round performance past many years. Run machine by himself and orthodox left arm medium pace consider him as a one of the most dynamic cricketer in the cricketing circles. Continuing for the third consecutive year for Alleppey Ripples Team.


NIGIL KALLIAT
Nigil, a silent by nature and electrifying player in the field, a spirited young man with good cricketing brain, can be considered as a total cricketer by all means. He has been an Integral part of Team CSS in the past and continue his service for CSS on and off the cricketing feild.


MUKHTAR AHMED
Star right-handed batsman Mukhtar Ahmed’s presence would be an added advantage for Team Alleppey ripples.With a wonderful batting record in domestics circuit, Mukhtar played some remarkable innings with Pakistani National players.Mukhar is a leg-spin bowler as well.


MADAN MOHAN
Having cricket in his veins Madan Mohan started his cricketing career playing for the Kerala under 19 team during 2005-2006. He played for various prominent clubs and also for Kerala team under-25. Being an all-rounder with capabilities as left hand batsman and right arm fast medium bowler, Madan has played for Kerala team in the CCL for the last two years


ROHAN FERNANDEZ
Trained under world class coaches, Rohan is a trusted spin bowler with Alleppey Ripples. A promising and upcoming player, Rohan has showed his presence with some remarkable spells in the 3rd division matches for the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association recognised club matches. KPL will prove to be a testing ground for this spinner with some international experience.


November, 2014

Alleppey Ripples


FIGHTING THEIR 3RD KPL WITH LOT MANY EXPECTATIONS



Alleppey Ripples jointly owned by Kaddas interiors Abu Dhabi and Twin info solutions Pvt Ltd, India is entering its third KPL season. The team is owned by Arjun Bose, who is also the Director for CSS Abu Dhabi. Arjun holds stake in Kaddas Interiors and Twin Info as well.


The team is managed by Fida asghar, renowned cricketer who carries with him first class career experience in Indian Cricket.

Hareesh M Haridas a well known name in the cricketing circuit of UAE leads the team of Alleppey Ripples. Hareesh with his rich experience in domestic cricketing circuit is a well known bats man in the UAE.

As a team, Alleppey Ripples takes pride in having players who have rich experience and blasting career history, from India, Pakistan & UAE. The team has performed well in the last two seasons of KPL and had reached the semifinals.

Alleppey Ripples ownership has been over taken this year by two well known companies from their respective domains. Kaddas Interiors, Abu Dhabi is a renowned interior design and installation company. They have diversified interests in AV integration and automation as well. Kaddas Interiors renders their services for residential as well as commercial projects in the UAE region. The classy designs and innovative concepts have made Kaddas a preferred name in interior design world.

Twin info solutions Pvt Ltd. the co-owner of Alleppey Ripples, is an Indian bases IT & ITES company. Twin also extends their services in the BPO activities of Shipping & Logistics companies. “FINS”, a very popular  ERP solution amongst shipping companies is owned by Twin Info, and is being used by Shipping and logistics companies’ worldwide. A company driven by professionals, Twin has in store many more IT solutions to offer.

MANAGEMENT

Fida Asghar (Manager)

A wonderful cricketer who had played in the first class cricket, Fida, by nature, takes cricket to his heart. The manager’s role is safe in his hands. Fida Asghar represented Kerala state for Under 17, 19, 21, 23 and seniors. He played first class cricket representing Kerala state for the Ranji trophy tournament from 1990-93. Fida never missed the opportunity to represent MG university team during the period, 1988-90. Fida is a Right hand batsman and a wonderful Wicket keeper

Arjun Bose (Team Owner)

Arjun Bose is the owner of Alleppey Ripples. An ardent cricket lover and player, Arjun plays an inspirational role amongst the Alleppey ripples team. A stake holder of Kaddas Interiors and Twin Info, Arjun plays a bigger role of being the Director of CSS Abu Dhabi. Despite his busy business schedule, he always finds time to be with and inspire the team of Alleppey ripples whenever he is in Dubai. The astonishing performance of the team took them to semifinals in the first two seasons of KPL and Arjun believes that this time his team will lift the trophy for sure.

Hareesh M Haridas (Captain)

A well known name in the cricketing community of UAE, Hareesh had represented Kerala under- 21 to under 23 squad from the year 1993 to 1996. Hareesh is a highly talented batsman who can change the game any time. He has played for Tellicherry Cricket Club & Team CSS in UAE for almost all the Domestics A and B Division tournaments and in various formats. He believe that his boys could return home with the coveted KPL trophy this time and they do deserve now.


November, 2014

CSS Homeward Bound Supports Dubai Inter School Cricket


The inter school cricket tournament in Dubai was sponsored by CSS Homeward Bound from the title position. Ten schools, divided in two groups of five each, were contesting for the top prize.

The draw for the Under-16 students’ tournament was held at the Shangrila hotel in Dubai.

Dubai International Academy, GEMS Modern Academy, Our Own High School, English Language School and HH Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum Pakistani School were drawn in Group A while the Elite English School, Arab Unity School, Indian High School, Delhi Private School (Dubai) and The Winchester School were placed in Group B.

The inter-school cricket tournament has CSS Homeward Bound as the main sponsor. The event is supported by Smart Bag, Petrotech, MyCricket.ae and AreaSqft.com among others.

The Press conference was attended by Walid Bukhatir, Chairman of the Domestic Cricket Development Committee, Mazhar Khan of the Emirates Cricket Board among other dignitaries. CSS Group was represented by Suku Sudhakaran, General Manager CSS Homeward Bound, Syed Zeeshan, General Manager CSS Homeward Bound and G Unnikrishnan, Marketing & Corporate Communications Head for CSS group.


July, 2014

CSS Sponsors India Club UAE Open Badminton Tournament


The 37th edition of the India Club UAE Open Badminton tournament got off to a colourful start with a record 595 participants in the men’s, ladies’, boys’, girls’ and veterans’ categories.

The competition is spread across 26 categories and the event has broken last year’s record of 560 entries in the same number of categories.

The tournament, which has been held every year since 1978, was inaugurated by Anurag Bhusan, Consul General of India to Dubai, Dr Ram Buxani, Chairman of the India Club, trustee board member Sunil Singh and Dr Nilanjan Chattopadhayay, Chairman of the School of Business at Manipal University in Dubai. CSS Group is the co-sponsor for this tournament and is pleased to be associated with India Club over the years for its sporting events.

“The India club badminton tournament is one that is rooted in the tradition of the club, and has become a vital part of the community as a whole. CSS Group is proud to be associated with India Club, which has given so much to the Asian community here in the UAE, since its inception. On behalf of the CSS Group we would like to wish all the players in the tournament the best of luck,” added Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, CSS Group. All matches are being played in the 21-points format in line with the rules and regulations of the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Each player is restricted to participating in only three events in a bid to create opportunities for more players to make excel. Matches are also being conducted in a separate pool for special needs students from SNF Development Centre and Dubai Autism Centre. There is also a separate pool for blue collar workers. The finals are scheduled for June 20, with cash prizes, trophies and gift hampers worth a total of more than Dh50,000 up for grabs.


May, 2014

A Cricket Treat for the Eyes


KPL Dubai Teaser season 3 turns out to be a brilliant bat and ball game

Nobody expected such a stunning performance, when KPL team owners XI invited the team formed by the cast and crew of the famous Malayalam movie hit 1983 branded by the Concord ventures Group. Both team played professionally at the Sevens ground on the Al Ain road in Dubai. Concord ventures group team 1983 put up a formidable score of 152 as per the T20 standards, when they batted first. Some brilliant shots from actors like Kunchacko Boban and Madan Mohan helped 1983 team to put up a challenging score in front of the experienced KPL team owners XI.

Neeraj Ramamurthy, owner of Wayanad Highlanders, and Shiva Pagarani, owner of Thrissur Dynamites, bagged two wickets apiece, while Farwaz of Kasargod Leopards chipped in with one wicket. The 1983 team scored 152 for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs. The KPL team made the chase looks easy, thanks to a brilliant opening partnership of 82 between Zamin Jaleel of Kannur Veerans and Biju Nair of Trivandrum Royals. Jaleel hit seven boundaries and scored 40 off 22 deliveries, while Biju scored 35 off 24 balls with five hits to the fence.

Madan sent back both openers as the KPL team lost three wickets in quick succession with the score reading 84 for three. But Qais Farooq of Calicut Zamorins played a crucial knock of 24 while Nashwan S chipped in with a useful 18. Neeraj remained unbeaten on 10 as the owners’ team reached their target in 18.4 overs.

KPL Brand ambassador and super star Suresh Gopi and celebrity guest Narain were also present to cheer up the crowd.

KPL directors Paul T Joseph, T S Kaladharan, CTK Nazir, Thomas C Philip and Ajith Thayyil presented the prizes for the winners after the match.

KPL PRESS CONFERENCE

Prior to the teaser match in Dubai, the KPL Management committee and the 1983 movie crew jointly conducted a press conference both in Cochin & Dubai.

The media packed press meet in Cochin was held at Holiday Inn which was attended by Actors Nivin Pauly, Anoop Menon, and Director Abrid Shine on behalf of Movie 1983 and T.S. Kaladharan (Chairman, CSS Group), Ajit Thayyil (Director, Space Max Contracting LLC), Paul Joseph (Managing Director, AAA Group) and Sridhar (MD, Concord venture Group) on behalf of KPL Dubai. BCCI member and KCA president T C Mathew also attended the function.

In Dubai the press conference conducted at The India Club on the 09th April was attended by Actors Suresh Gopi, Nivin Pauly and Joju George on behalf of Movie 1983 and T.S. Kaladharan (Chairman, CSS Group), Arjun Bose (Director, CSS Abudhabi & Owner, Alleppey Ripples team) Paul Joseph (Managing Director, AAA Group) and Sridhar (MD, Concord venture Group) on behalf of KPL Dubai.

About KPL (Kerala Premier League)

The first of its kind T20 Cricket in UAE – Asian Cricketing with Middle Eastern seasoning! A total of 14 Glorious Teams named with 14 Districts from Kerala. Each team consists of a minimum of 3 players preferable from the respective districts of Kerala in a playing XI and the remaining from local talent with one player under the age of 22 and maximum of 2 overseas players. KPL Dubai is the biggest ASIAN sporting event providing you with the opportunity to be known to and reach, one of the largest communities in the region.

After the super hit Indian Premier League and in consideration of the 4.5 million Asian populations in the UAE – the highest number among all expats, Kerala Premier League Dubai was formed under the guidance and support from the Dubai Cricket Council, and the generous patronage from the sponsors and the cricket loving community in Dubai. KPL successfully completed 2 seasons of cricketing festival in Dubai and is now entering the third season with a bang. A team of successful businessmen with passion for sports supported by experienced professional advisors formed the KPL DUBAI.

The KPL Dubai management expressed their sincere gratitude to the team members of 1983 Movie led by Abride Shine, and consisted of actors like Nivin Pauly, Joju, Gregory, Saiju Kurup and Kalabavan Prajod and the celebrity guests, Kunchacko Boban, Naraine, Martin Prakkat and Sugeeth who were present for the event. A special thanks to DJ Kips and Riyaz for their live performance at the venue.


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