The long-running player eligibility wrangle which has forced the Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) to delay naming their squad for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Trophy is poised to be settled today. ACC authorities in Colombo have told Hong Kong they will be able to submit their team for the tournament as soon as they have completed their own inquiries over the status of players carrying permanent ID cards. Regulations for next month's competition state that teams must field a minimum of seven players who are either born locally or legal citizens. Any other players must have resided in the country they wish to represent for a minimum of five years. Problems have arisen for Hong Kong because the ACC does not as yet recognise permanent identity card holders as being citizens. The ACC was meant to take a final ruling on the issue last week but has now asked Hong Kong to provide a copy of a permanent identity card, HKCA spokesman Mark Burns said. 'They want us to fax them a copy of the permanent identity card so that they can check with the Chinese embassy in Colombo to see if ID card holders qualify as citizens,' Burns said. 'Once they do that, we are pretty confident that we will be able to name our squad as planned.' Yesterday's heavy rain put paid to the opening rounds of the new Hong Kong cricket season. No play was possible in any of the scheduled Sunday League matches.