Strike bowler and car parking attendant Mohammed Zubair's drive to succeed has not been matched by his attendance at practice, leaving Hong Kong coach David Trist a worried man with the ICC Trophy looming. Medium-pacer Zubair has not been able to attend the twice-weekly training sessions this past month due to his work commitments, frustrating Trist's attempts to work closely with him. 'Unfortunately he has not been able to attend practice at all. This is unlike him . . . it is the sheer pressure of work,' said Trist. And yesterday, Zubair failed to show up at Hong Kong's final warm-up game before leaving for Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. His absence did not help as the territory lost to a local Select XI. The territory will be pinning great hopes on the shoulders of Zubair who caught the eye last season when he made his debut in the local Sunday League, finishing as the top wicket-taker. However, the Pakistan Association bowler's performance this season has been erratic and he has failed to re-produce the same lethal form. His below par efforts have left the Hong Kong camp worried and Trist was hoping to spend extra time with his key bowler. 'He has not been able to get time off work . . . the alternative would be to lose his job. What can you do?' asked Trist who has spent sleepless nights worrying about the territory's bowling attack. The lack of accuracy and bite in the mainly slow-medium attack was highlighted last weekend when the MCC defeated the territory easily in two warm-up games. 'The bowling has not made as much progress as I would have hoped for,' said Trist. Yesterday the batting too was a problem. Apart from a breezy 47 by Kamran Raza, promoted to opener, the rest of the batting failed as Hong Kong were bowled out for 186. Meanwhile, Justin Strachan will join the Hong Kong squad in Malaysia. Like Zubair, he has missed a number of training sessions, due to work. 'This is the main problem with Hong Kong. Work is a priority,' said Trist.