Chairman’s Message

Whenever I talk about cricket I am exhilarated. For many of us, cricket holds a special place in our hearts. The sound of leather hitting willow gives us a feeling of unity and purpose, triggering emotions that transverse cultures and nations. Considering how CSS enjoyed a glorious past in UAE cricket, we are able to welcome this season’s Kerala Premier League with deserved pride. In many ways my happiness is boundless because, this year, CSS Group is KPL’s title sponsor, especially while we walk towards our 20th Anniversary.

Like all sports, cricket has its ups and downs but here we are at CSS Group KPL Season 3. It’s something of an irony that once you are hooked, cricket never leaves you and you certainly cannot leave cricket. A love of cricket grasps your heart.  KPL Dubai season 3 has gained a wonderful response from the cricketing fraternity. 12 teams from 12 districts of Kerala are competing for the coveted trophy. The patronage we received from the media was boundless. The corporate world also supported us with generous sponsorship. Although the KPL matches will be half way through when you read this message, I feel that this is an opportune time to say, “Thank you”, to all those who have supported this event.

From the bottom of my heart I welcome you all to the ICC Grounds, to cheer on the enthusiastically competitive teams. At CSS we have always appreciated that team efforts bring results and it’s this recognition which drives us forward together. A team spirit, epitomised on the cricket pitch and emulated in the workplace, will always remain a corner stone to success.

My best wishes to all my Dear Readers.

CSS Group KPL Dubai Season 3

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.

Alleppey Ripples Players Profile


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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, 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.

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.

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

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.

Alleppey Ripples


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.


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.

The Art of Relocation


Relocating to a completely new land is a task easier said than done, especially when a family is involved. Moving to a different country and settling into a new life is a period of emotional and physical upheaval that needs to be tackled intelligently tailored with the right help and guidance from a professional Relocation Company like CSS Homeward Bound and the professional services they offer for relocation.

A new lifestyle indicates starting everything from  scratch, especially the Moving costs, visa procedures, health and medical tests, accommodation, getting accustomed to the culture, new home & workplace, new friends, arranging for a driver’s license, setting up telephone and satellite connections, searching for the best school for your child and much more. All this has to be often sorted out with little knowledge about the place.

We are pleased to introduce our company, CSS Homeward Bound, one of the largest and leading professional Removals and Relocations Company in UAE with a worldwide network. We, at CSS Homeward Bound, are committed to cater to our customers’ needs by rendering exceptional services.

Our company is managed by a team of professionals with a proven track record and extensive experience in the business of Relocation. We take the stress out of the moving process by providing a seamless and worry-free experience. We affiliated ourselves to leading associations like IAM, CAM, WCA, ARA to show our commitment to provide high quality services.

We provide our customers with service of the highest caliber.

CSS HWB is pleased to provide Relocation Services to ease the Settling-In and the Repatriation processes. Below is a brief summary of our scope of relocation services provided by CSS HWB:

  1. Dubai, Abu Dhabi etc. City Orientation: A general overview of the city giving an idea what it is to live in Dubai. This orientation will give the transferee an idea about the shopping possibilities (groceries, furniture, clothes and white goods stores), the different housing areas, practical matters in living in Dubai and the UAE as well as a glimpse to the different health care facilities provided.

  2. Accommodation Orientation: This orientation package will give a more in depth understanding of the various living areas Dubai has to offer, giving the transferee the possibility to view properties that have been selected as per their requirements and budget. We also negotiate the terms and conditions of the lease/ sale agreement and arrange for a pre-arrival cleaning.

  3. Settling In Services: This service is a detailed orientation to the city, tailor-made as per the transferee’s specific requirements. It also includes an overview of the different cultural, sports and leisure activities Dubai has to offer and the various clubs one can attend to. The Settling In Service also includes the utilities connections (electricity, water, cable TV, Internet and the telephone) assistance. This On Arrival service package answers the queries the transferee has and acts as a helping hand.

  4. Education Services: This service package is focusing on finding the suitable nursery, kindergarden or a school for the younger expatriates relocating to Dubai. Not only does this package provide the transferee with the relevant information, contact details and locations of the educational institutes, but also fixing appointments with the selected institutes.

  5. Departure Services: On leaving Dubai we arrange to terminate the lease contract, disconnect the utilities (electricity, water, cable TV, Internet and the telephone), returning security deposits to the utilities providers, arranging painters and cleaners as well as arranging for the handover of the property to the owners and collecting refunds.

These above Services are flexible and they can be tailor-made to suit the transferee’s specific requirements.


  • Banking options
  • Beauty and body care providers
  • Gardening & landscaping specialists
  • Handyman and maintenance providers
  • Insurance providers
  • Laundry services
  • Maid services
  • Obtaining an e-gate card
  • Obtaining a driving license
  • Obtaining a liquor license
  • Pet grooming services
  • Pool maintenance and servicing
  • Specialist health care providers
  • Temporary accommodation
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Vehicle rentals

CSS Homeward Bound. The safest passage for your Relocation.

Sales Strategy Meet 2014


The Sales Strategy Meet 2014 of CSS Group will be held at the beautiful destination of Paphos in Cyprus.  As part of enhancing the sales programme, every year, the middle & top management of the group company assemble at any of the renowned destinations of the globe for discussing about the past sales and designing new sales programme. Each office and each department will have separate presentations and suggestions regarding the sales enhancement. All suggestions will be finally reviewed by the Top management who approves a consolidated sales programme which will be incorporated into the sale process.

The network partners of CSS Group will also participate on invitation as guests on the last day session and present their programme to CSS Group. Needless to say, that the sales strategy meet programme is one of the most important driving forces that played as a fillip to most of the strategies CSS adopted in the last two decades of their operation out of Middle East & Indian Sub-continent.

The meet will be concluded with a big bash of entertainment programme.

About the destination:

Paphos is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus and the capital of Paphos District. In antiquity, two locations were called Paphos: Old Paphos and New Paphos. The currently inhabited city is New Paphos. It lies on the Mediterranean coast, about 50 km (31.07 mi) west of Limassol (the biggest port on the island), which has an A6 highway connection. Paphos International Airport is the country’s second largest airport.

Near Palaepaphos (Old Paphos) at the seaside of Petra tou Romiou is the modern mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty and the founding myth is interwoven with the goddess at every level, so that Old Paphos became the most famous and important place for worshipping Aphrodite in the ancient world. In Greco-Roman times Paphos was the island’s capital, and it is well known for the remains of the Roman governor’s palace, where extensive, fine mosaics are a major tourist attraction. Paul the Apostle visited the town during the 1st century AD. The town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world’s heritage.

Paphos enjoys a subtropical-Mediterranean climate, with the mildest temperatures on the island.

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, and 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.

Mahabali Crystal Award Onappookkalam At CSS


In a thrilling competition, this year also CSS Abu Dhabi won the Mahabali Crystal Award for the best flower carpet (Pookkalam).

Every year, in connection with Onam celebrations, at CSS Group, a competition is being held among all offices for bagging the best creator of Pookkalam on the main day of Onam, ie; Thiruvonam. Each office engages their best team to making amazingly beautiful designs only with flower and take photographs to be sent to a judging panel comprising of renowned people from art, music & cinema. Here are some snaps from the competition arena.

Beware and Be Aware of Packing of Flexible Tank

(“Flexible tanks” or “Flexitanks” are a kind of storage equipment for liquids such as water, oil, wines etc.) continued …


A Shipper in a standard bills of lading is responsible for the “Load, Stow and Count” of his cargo/consignment and hence if the Shipper intends on using a Flexitank to transport his consignment he should discuss with a flexitank operator the most suitable type of flexitank that will be compatible with the product to be shipped. Here the Shipper must also provide vital information detailing of the nature of the product and whether it could ‘solidify’, ‘taint’ or ‘damage’ the container in the event of a leakage, etc.

Though the carrier has a duty to “properly and carefully load, handle, stow, carry and keep, care for and discharge the goods carried” the task of proving the same is a different matter; in the event you are able to prove that the carrier is liable, keep in mind that most carriers have a limitation of liability clause in their respective Bills of lading which will not be sufficient to cover the claimed amount.

Therefore it is upon the Shipper/Freight Forwarder/packers to protect their interest by take pictures of the empty container and at various stages during stuffing. As these photographs can be relied upon, in the event of a claim and to prove that special attention and measures were taken in relation to packing, securing and protecting the Flexitank and consignment within the container. Further it is also essential to insist on adequate Insurance to be obtained for the cargo/consignment

It is far easier for the carrier to tactfully rid themselves of liability by taking a defense that the consignment was inadequately packed. In such instances all valid information that precautions were taken can definitely help to rebut this defense.

In the unfortunate event of leakage or a potential claim the party receiving the consignment must accept delivery under protest and immediately put the carrier and insurer on notice, calling upon them to attend a joint survey. As an added precaution it is also advisable to put the shipper, consignee and all parties involved in the carriage on notice.

As far as possible it is also better to open the container only at the time of the joint survey, in the presence of all concerned parties. Ensure that all the details pertaining to the damage are inspected and recorded before the container is returned.

In most claim cases pertaining to Flexitanks the carriers will also claim all incidental cost in relation to damages, cost for clean up, and other charges caused due to the leakage of the consignment; from the shipper and/or consignee and/or the booking party.

A note of caution to all freight forwarder and Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC), is to bear in mind that even though you may not be involved in the packing or stowing of the consignment, you can be faced with a claim for damage not only from the Shipper and/or Consignee but also from the Carrier. Hence it is always advisable to have an adequate insurance cover for such cases.

Ultimately the claims arising from the use of Flexitanks can be mitigated to a great extent by taking abundant caution and care and by engaging the services of a professional while exporting consignments using Flexible Tanks. It addition it is high time to have a statute to govern all aspects pertaining to Flexitank from the material to be use for manufacturing such tanks, to the packing, stowing, loading requirement, the specification on the load limit and the kind of container, proper labeling, etc, with the ultimate aim of roping in the packers and also holding them liable in case of potential claims.

Sledging is not Just for Children…

When I was a youngster I spent many happy hours, with my friends, building a sledge out of bits of wood. Somehow we managed to fly down slops, in summer sledging over short grass and in winter across firm snow, without breaking our necks! However, in recent years,‘sledging’ has gained greater prominence with cricket aficionados.This term apparently originated in the 60’s when Australian bowler Grahame Corling wasserenadedby some players singing ‘When a man loves a woman’- at that time a hit by USA soul singer Percy Sledge.  It was attempt to taunt Corling so as to distract him from focusing on his play. Since then this practice, of trying to weaken an opponent’s concentration, has taken on the surname of Percy Sledge by being called ‘sledging’. Other sports have methods of distracting a competitor’s attention but the technique in cricket is unique. To understand thisit is necessary to explore cricket’s history. Despite the apparent recent popularity of sledging, the practice of witty banter between players is as old as cricket itself. Therein lies the difference between cricket and other sports. Ever since John McEnroe’s infamous outburst, on the tennis courts in Stockholm in 1984, the nature of goading in sport has risen to a level at which no genuine cricket fan would approve. The reason for this is based in cricket’s past.  The first recorded cricket match took place in Kent, England in 1646. The game quickly became popular with the first ‘laws of cricket’ being established in 1744. The thrust of them focused on “gentlemen” playing the game. Subsequently conduct, on and off the pitch, required that all participants, players and spectators, behaved in an acceptable gentlemanly manner. Honour and integrity were at the forefront of play. A player never argued with the umpire. If you were given out – you walked! Generations of UK schoolboys had it drummed into them that,even if you felt you had been wrongly dismissed, you did not argue with the umpire’s decision. It probably made-up for all the times you should have given out and weren’t! Accordingly gentlemanly conduct ruled supreme. There is now an on-going debate, in the cricketing world, as to what constitutes poor sportsmanship or good humoured banter. Anything which descends to abuse is unacceptable. This is not what sledging is all about as it should never cross the sportsmanship line. Sledging should be kept to humorous, sometimes slightly off the wall remarks and clever verbal attempts in order to distract an opponent.

Sledging has always been a part of cricket as even the legendary W G Grace did it. Grace’s determination to stand his ground would have made Sunil Gavaskar proud. When a ball knocked off one of his bails Grace replaced it and told the umpire that it was the wind which took the bail off. The umpire replied, “Indeed Dr. Grace and let us hope the wind helps you on your journey back to the pavilion”. Grace walked with good humour.

Interestingly it is usually accepted that Indian cricketers, unlike the Aussies who love it, don’tsledge very much.  There is one notable occasion, when the tables were turned and Ravi Shastri sledged Mike Whitney who was the Australian 12th man. Trying to snatch a single run Whitney shouted, “If you leave the crease I’ll break your blinking head”. Shastri quickly retorted, “If you could bat as well as you can talk, you wouldn’t be the blinking 12th man”.  You do, of course, have my permission to assume that the language used was slightly more colourful!

I always prefer and chuckle at the short, sharp retorts. This is why I choose, as a favourite, one from‘Fiery Fred’ Trueman probably the most revered English bowler. As an Australian batsman was walking onto the field, he opened the gate and before he could shut it, Trueman shouted, “Don’t bother shutting it son, you won’t be here long enough”.

Cricket remains a game where many of us still hope our children are taught that it is not winning that counts the most.  Rather it is playing a sportsman-like match which matters more. An extract from a poem by former UK Prime Minister John Major, an ardent cricket enthusiast, sums up this cricketing ethos. It was written as a tribute to England test cricketer, Colin Cowdrey, who was born in Bangalore.

“The mellow sound of bat on ball,
The wherewithal to enthrall,
The master with a Corinthian touch,
To whom victory mattered, but not that much”.

Hopefully, with this in mind, you will agree that sledging should remain as witty banter that enhances the traditions of the cricketing spirit.