The Kerala Strikers. Picture courtesy Kerala Strikers on Facebook
The Kerala Strikers are one of the most popular teams in CCL. Picture courtesy Kerala Strikers on Facebook

The Kerala Strikers have been a popular and successful team in the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL). The team is co-owned by six people. The most famous and involved of them is the South Indian superstar Mohan Lal, arguably the biggest film star of Malyalam cinema. Mohan Lal is not only an actor, but also a producer and businessman. Another co-owner of the Kerala Blasters is Malyalam actress Lissy, who was one of the leading actresses of the 1980s. Apart from acting in Malyalam films she also appeared in Tamil and Telugu films. The two actors are joined in co-owning the Kerala Strikers CCL team by businessmen PM Shaji and Jaison Pullikottil, as well as classical dancer Sripriya and member of the royal family Rajkumar.

The Kerala Strikers are owned by these famous individuals in association with Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA). Their aim is to “lift the morale of cricket players in Kerala and will do a world of good to cricket in general in Kerala,” as mentioned in the official team website.

Kerala Strikers players: Mohan Lal, Asif Ali, Unni Mukundan, Rajeev Pillai, Bineesh Kodiyeri, Riyaz Khan, Manikuttan, Arjun Nandkumar, Vinu Mohan, Suresh Nair, Prajod Kalabhavan, Vivek Gopan, Arun Benny, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Hebbar, Nishanth Sagar, Jayan, Munna Simon, Bala, Sreejith Ravi.

Support staff: Edavela Babu (Team manager), Chandra Senan (Chief advisor), Firoz Rasheed (Team coach), Sunil MA (Assistant coach), Muthukumar S (Physio), Vince Viswam (Director of Operations), Bimeesh (Support staff), Bhavana (Brand ambassador), Mythili (Brand ambassador).

Complete fixtures for CCL 2016 (Kerala Strikers matches in bold):

Match

Date

Team 1

Team 2

Venue

Time (IST)

1

Jan 23, 2016

Mumbai Heroes

Punjab De Sher

Mumbai

2:00pm

2

Bhojpuri Dabanggs

Bengal Tigers

6:30pm

3

Jan 24, 2016

Kerala Strikers

Chennai Rhinos

Bangalore

2:00pm

4

Karnataka Bulldozers

Telugu Warriors

6:30pm

5

Jan 30, 2016

Mumbai Heroes

Bengal Tigers

Ahmedabad

2:00pm

6

Punjab De Sher

Bhojpuri Dabanggs

6:30pm

7

Jan 31, 2016

Telugu Warriors

Chennai Rhinos

Kochi

2:00pm

8

Kerala Strikers

Karnataka Bulldozers

6:30pm

9

Feb 6, 2016

Mumbai Heroes

Bhojpuri Dabanggs

Chandigarh

2:00pm

10

Punjab De Sher

Bengal Tigers

6:30pm

11

Feb 7, 2016

Chennai Rhinos

Karnataka Bulldozers

Chennai

2:00pm

12

Telugu Warriors

Kerala Strikers

6:30pm

13

Feb 13, 2016

Semi Final 1: A1 vs B2

Hyderabad

2:00pm

14

Semi Final 2: A2 Vs B1

6:30pm

15

Feb 14, 2016

Final

The Kerala Strikers look like one of the strongest teams in CCL 2016. Their first match is against Chennai Rhinos at Bangalore on January 24, 2016. They will then play Karnataka Bulldozers at Kochi on January 31, following which they will take on Telugu Warriors at Chennai on February 7.