THE Hong Kong Cricket Association has a dream - that one day it will be able to take full control of the Hong Kong International Sixes. 'But before we do that, we have to put our own house in order,' says Peter Slack, HKCA chairman. 'We have to become a very professional body capable of handling a major event like this.' The people who own the Hong Kong Sixes presently, Cricket World International (CWI), admit that a time will come when the popular tournament could be under the umbrella of the game's governing body in the territory. 'Maybe the time will come, at some point in the future, when the HKCA takes control,' said Brian Catton, one of the brains behind the success of the Hong Kong Sixes and CWI executive director. 'We recognise the fact that the association realises the opportunity of having the Hong Kong Sixes under their umbrella,' adds Catton. The rewards of controlling the Hong Kong Sixes are immense for the association. Instead of the $300,000 they got last year for sanctioning and providing the infrastructure for the event, the HKCA will stand to make millions if they have full control, which will involve the contractual aspects. But full control is out of reach - for the moment anyway. An agreement between both the HKCA and CWI, will see the tournament remain under the control of the latter till 1997. 'As I remember correctly, we signed a three-year agreement last year,' said Catton yesterday. By 1997, the CWI would have had control of the tournament for six years. 'It is still a modest event. Any tournament which is played on a temporary facility and in front of only 5,000 people is modest in international terms. But in the future, I'm sure it will grow,' said Catton. Slack is frank about how he sees the future. 'I would like to see the HKCA having control of the event. We have had some preliminary discussion with CWI on this topic. It was very amicable,' he added. But Slack says the time is not ripe for any further HKCA involvement at the moment. 'We have to get our administration set-up in place. That aspect should be up and running and then we have to prove that we can run events like this ourselves. At the moment, however, we are not in a position to do that.' The comparison has often been made between the Hong Kong Sevens and the Hong Kong Sixes. The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union totally control the Hong Kong Sevens - a tournament which is their main source of revenue. But Slack says there are fundamental differences between the Sevens and the Sixes. 'There is more risk involved in the Sixes. We are dealing with a bunch of professionals in cricket and we also have to take the weather into consideration. None of these factors count in the rugby Sevens,' Slack pointed out. 'At the moment we have got a very good arrangement going with CWI. All of us should try and consolidate the tournament's success at the moment,' said Slack. 'But I would like to see . . .,' Slack dreamed on.