Not even a typhoon will stand in the way of a successful International Sixes competition, according to Hong Kong Cricket Association chairman Peter Slack. Every other sporting body in the territory has criticised Hong Kong Stadium in the past as perhaps the most useless piece of ground in the territory. But not the association, which stands behind the 40,000-seater venue for this weekend's Cathay Pacific/Wheelock NatWest Hong Kong Sixes. 'The stadium can take two feet of water and still host a tournament,' Slack said yesterday. 'I'm not worried about the rain. We can have a typhoon between now and Saturday and still be able to start on time,' he added. The weekend's weather is expected to be rainy and overcast, while last weekend's heavy rain, and the recent wet weather raised fears that the newly-laid, cement-based pitch had not bedded down. But at yesterday's draw for the tournament, Brian Catton, executive director of Cricket World International - co-organisers with the HKCA - quashed speculation about problems with the pitch. 'It's looking fine. The wicket has had time to bed down,' he said. Slack added: 'The wicket has set and is impervious to the rain. Even if it rains on the day, I'm confident we will be able to play.' The move from the Kowloon Cricket Club to the stadium this year has attracted flak. Organisers, who always said a move was necessary if the tournament was to grow, admitted the move was a step into the unknown. 'We are all a bit nervous. There are a lot of unknowns at the moment,' said Catton. But he said the fact that the ICC had officially sanctioned the tournament for the first time was a 'big leap for the Sixes'. 'It is unusual for any country to enjoy ICC sanctions for any form of cricket other than Tests or one-dayers. We are lucky and proud that the ICC has recognised our unique brand of cricket,' Catton said. Slack said the Sixes competition was the place to spot stars of the future. 'Like Jonah Lomu was first seen at the Hong Kong rugby Sevens, the Sixes too have produced players of tomorrow. 'Look no further than South African Shaun Pollock, who played here last year,' said Slack. The draw saw defending champions South Africa seeded first, followed by Australia and Pakistan, on the strength of their teams and past performances. They head the three preliminary round groups. After the first day's round-robin competition, the top two from each group will be re-seeded and drawn again into the Bradman and Sobers groups. The winners will meet in the final. DRAW Red Group: South Africa (1), New Zealand (4), Sri Lanka (7). Blue Group: Australia (2), West Indies (5), England (8). Green Group: Pakistan (3), India (6), Hong Kong (9). Note: Seedings in brackets.