Local cricket's establishment will face a stern test today when the annual general meeting of the Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) gets underway at the Kowloon Cricket Club. Challenger Papu Butani has pledged to focus on development and get the SAR back into the international limelight if he supplants incumbent Terry Smith as president of the HKCA. The association will also get a new chairman, with Mike Walsh replacing stalwart Peter Slack, who steps down after six years. While the chairman handles the day to day affairs of the HKCA, the fight for the presidency - long regarded as a figurehead - is seen as the crunch battle. The stakes are so high that for the first time a massive number of votes by proxy - almost half the entire voting list - will be presented. A number of key positions on the HKCA executive committee will also be up for grabs. These include secretary and representative of the independent clubs. Three new ordinary members will also be voted in - Rahul Sharma, Gavin Erasmus and Mark Winstanley walking in uncontested. All eyes, however, will be on the Butani-Smith clash. Both protagonists are known to have little time for each other, a feeling which has grown from their personal involvement in the Hong Kong Sixes fiasco - Smith as part of the HKCA which scrapped the Sixes, which was the idea of Butani and others. Butani denied that his presidency bid was commercially motivated and borne from his involvement in Cricket World International, the company which started the Sixes. He went on a last-minute offensive to the rank-and-file membership on Tuesday, asking for their proxy votes if they failed to turn up at the AGM today. The deadline for voting by proxy was 7 pm on Tuesday night. The HKCA said it had received around 175 proxy votes. There are around 380 voting members. In his candidacy bid, Butani promised to restore the 'credibility and integrity' of the HKCA, which he says has been lost along the way. 'I will focus attention on the association's financial affairs, including a careful examination of its balance sheet. I will bring the development programme back into focus and re-establish our priorities,' said Butani. Butani pledged to revitalise a coaching programme for 100 young students leading to overseas coaching for proven talent. Butani added: 'I will implement a ground improvement programme in co-operation with the SAR Government and will bring Hong Kong back on the international cricket map by organising more international events.' Butani charged the current executive committee of mismanagement of financial affairs and said it had lived beyond its means in the past. 'More than $3 million has been spent since 1994 on administration and technical services with little results to show,' added Butani. Smith was unavailable for comment yesterday.