TEST stars Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Mohammad Azharuddin are being lined up to lead India's challenge in this year's Hongkong International Sixes at the Kowloon Cricket Club. The multi-talented trio, who helped whitewash England 3-0 in the recent Test series in India, said they would like to take part after missing last year's inaugural event. Papu Butani, a director of Cricket World International, who organise the Sixes, has returned from a recruiting campaign in Bombay, where he watched the final Test between India and England. ''We have verbal confirmations from Azharuddin, Tendulkar and Kambli, as well as Ravi Shastri, Manoj Prabhakar and Javagal Srinath, to make for a very strong Indian team,'' Butani said. ''It wasn't appropriate to ask them to sign a contract during a Test match, but I'll be going back to get everyone signed up. ''We had a few problems with the Indian team last year with late withdrawals and we don't want that to happen again. All the players had heard how successful the Sixes was and said they wanted to play in the next one. ''This year's Sixes will be played on the first weekend of October and, at the moment, this does not clash with anything in the Indian cricket calendar,'' Butani said. The Indian team were weakened last year by late withdrawals, including popular all-rounder Kapil Dev. Under the leadership of Shastri, India won through to the final, only to lose to a power-packed Pakistani side, including Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. The organisers are also hoping for a stronger England side. ''I spoke to Graham Gooch, David Gower, John Emburey and Mike Gatting in Bombay and they all said they would be keen to play, depending on their schedules,'' Butani said. ''The best thing was that everyone had heard about the Hongkong Sixes and a lot of groundwork has been done for the future.'' England's leading cricketers were not allowed to play in Hongkong last year because of regulations laid down by the Test and County Cricket Board. Gooch has said the series in India would be his last overseas tour for England, while Gower is in India as a television commentator, having been overlooked by the selectors. Nine teams contested the first Sixes, which attracted near capacity crowds of 3,500 spectators on both days. The only Test nation missing was South Africa, and organisers are working on a format to accommodate all nine this time, plus hosts Hongkong.