An intensive summer fitness programme is in store for Hong Kong's cricketers as the build-up to October's Asian Cricket Council Trophy preliminary rounds gets underway. Concerned at the prospect of Hong Kong players having to adjust to playing at altitude, the SAR's officials are promising regular checks on fitness levels of players likely to be picked for the tournament, which takes place in Nepal from October 1-14. David Trist, Hong Kong Cricket Association development director and national team coach, said a three-day squad session at the Hong Kong Sports Institute was being planned for August as part of the fitness drive. 'Fitness has to be one of our main priorities. When you're playing a tournament at 5,000 metres above sea level, if your players aren't fit then they are going to struggle,' said Trist. 'As such, fitness is something we can't afford to slip up on. 'It's just one of the many areas we will be working on during the build-up. We have yet to get it confirmed, but we are trying to arrange a three-day camp at the Sports Institute in August. 'It will be an ideal opportunity to get all the squad together to assess things like fitness as well as going through indoor nets and outdoor nets,' the experienced New Zealander added. 'An important aspect of the camp is also that it will give the squad a real chance to sit down and discuss where we are going and what we are trying to do.' The winner of October's qualifying tournament goes through to play India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in a quadrangular competition to decide the outright winner of the title. Bangladesh will start as clear favourites to progress from qualifying after being next to unbeatable in the competition in recent years. But Trist was adamant that Hong Kong should set their sights on the Bangladeshis. 'People said beating Bermuda before the ICC Trophy was a difficult ask . . . but we did it. We have to take the same attitude about playing Bangladesh. We want to be taking on and winning against the Bangladeshes of this world,' Trist said. Meanwhile, Pakistan Association fast bowler Mohammed Zubair is poised to take up an offer to spend the summer in England playing with a team in the Bradford League, club officials said. 'It is quite likely he will be gone by the weekend,' said Pakistan Association official Toufique Amdani.