AFTER some weeks of indecision, the Dragons have decided they will play in the CCC Cup which starts on Sunday. The territory's mix of Chinese and local-born players were initially against the idea of playing in the Knockout Cup competition. But, apparently, persuasion from the Hong Kong Cricket Association has made them change their minds. 'We were not going to field a side because we don't have sufficient bowlers,' explained Bharat Gohel, the manager/player of the Dragons. 'But we decided to go ahead in the best interests of the game.' Gohel jokingly added: 'I got my arm twisted.' The leg spinner, who usually does the twisting, was reluctant to play in a tournament where teams can include anyone they want, unlike the Dragons where players have to fall into the category of being either Chinese or born in Hong Kong. The other difference - from Sunday League cricket played in Hong Kong - is that each bowler is allowed to bowl only 10 overs in the 50-over match - requiring teams to field a minimum of five bowlers. 'At the moment we have only three full-time bowlers. But we are going ahead anyway,' said Gohel. The Dragons, playing their first season in the Sunday League, have fared creditably. They are currently in seventh place in the 10-team competition, although they have a game in hand over most of the other teams. The Knockout Cup will be played under normal ICC rules for limited-over games. Apart from overs being allocated, there will also be fielding circles with restrictions. The Association has revealed the four Sunday League games postponed from February 5 will now be played after the Knockout Cup, on April 2. This might mean the winner of the League title will only be known after the Cup. Pakistan Association are challenging favourites Optimists for the title. The Optimists (with two games to play against Little Sai Wan and IRC) lead the Pakistanis by 30 points although their rivals have a game in hand. Meanwhile, the draw for the qualifying round of the Dragonair Saturday Cup has been finalised. The winners of tomorrow's games will be drawn to play the top eight teams in the Saturday League. The losers will play in the Plate competition. Dragonair Saturday Cup Draw Qualifying round: HKCC Casuals v KGV, Hong Kong Cricket Club; British Forces v St George's, Sek Kong; Centaurs v City Polytechnic, So Kon Po; Legal Eagles v Tartars, Kowloon Cricket Club; Strollers v DBS, DBS; Sentinels v CCC, PTS; Champagne XI v Lamma XI, Mission Road; Islanders v HKU, KGV.