Salim Malik, the territory's most controversial cricketer last season, has been picked to represent Hong Kong at the Cathay Pacific/Wheelock NatWest International Sixes later this month. Malik, who was at the centre of a Mankad-ing controversy last season, was one of seven players picked by the selectors for the Spetember 21-22 tournament at the Hong Kong Stadium. It will be the first representative honour for the beefy and talented Pakistan Association all-rounder. The highly competitive Malik joins skipper Pat Fordham, Stewart Brew, Rodney Bannister, Riaz Farcy, Rahul Sharma and Andrew Yates. 'Each of these players hits the ball a long way and Hong Kong have every opportunity of posting some big totals at this year's event,' said Mike Walsh, chairman of selectors. Last year's drawcard Eddie Tse, the first Chinese cricketer to play at the Hong Kong Sixes, has been dropped with work and holiday commitments precluding his selection. Out too is Steve Foster, one of Hong Kong's heroes in their big win over India last year. Foster is due to have a shoulder operation which, selectors say, rules him out automatically. Walsh was upbeat about Hong Kong's chances. 'We are clearly the underdogs but every year we perform beyond the public's expectations, and remember also that Hong Kong have famous victories over Pakistan, West Indies and India,' he said. The territory's task at the Asian Cricket Council tournament in Kuala Lumpur is cut and dried - they have to defeat Bangladesh if they want to play in the semi-finals. Hong Kong meet group favourites Bangladesh tomorrow and victory is imperative especially after Fiji scored a 123-run victory over Nepal. Hong Kong had been praying that Nepal would do them a favour by beating Fiji, who had beaten the territory in the opening match.