Approaching storm a threat to Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
Worried organisers of the Karp Group Hong Kong Sixes are praying the wet forecast for the weekend turns out wrong.
"Fingers crossed we are not affected," said Glyn Davies, tournament director, yesterday. "The weather is always a concern but we have some back-up plans in case we lose time."
Severe tropical storm Son-Tinh is affecting the South China Sea and the forecast is for some rain this weekend. Organisers are praying that any interruption is minimal as Pakistan prepare to defend their title and go in hunt of a record sixth Cup victory at Kowloon Cricket Club.
"Hopefully we will be able to get through the weekend without any severe disruption. If it comes to a push we can extend the playing time for another 30 minutes as well as scrap the exhibition game featuring the Chinese national team," Davies said.
The eight teams in the competition split into two pools of four. Pakistan top one pool which includes India, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands, while England, who have also won the Cup on five occasions, are the top seeds in the other pool with Australia, South Africa and hosts Hong Kong.
Three years ago organisers were forced to shorten the five-overs per side game to four. Davies said he hoped such drastic action would not be required.
Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Kamran Akmal said his side was still hungry for success. Akmal said: "We won last year and we want to keep this momentum going. It is my first time, but we are all very keen to win "