Enjoy yourself. That will be the mantra Adam Hollioake will be reciting to Hong Kong's 14-strong squad bound next month for the Asian Cricket Council Trophy in Sharjah. 'You have got to make it all enjoyable,' said Hollioake, who has been brought in to coach the Hong Kong squad for the November 15-24 tournament in the desert kingdom which is a qualifier for next year's Asia Cup. The former England Test player arrived on Saturday to take charge of the Stewart Brew-captained SAR squad, who will be up against Malaysia, Singapore and Kuwait in the preliminary round in Sharjah. Fresh from leading Surrey to their second consecutive English County Championship, Hollioake will find himself in strange surroundings as far as the game is concerned. The biggest problem is that he won't have a bunch of professionals at his beck and call. Instead, Hong Kong's cricketers are strictly amateur, a fact he is painfully aware of. 'Yes, they are all amateurs, but a very enthusiastic bunch of amateurs. There is a lot of talent and hopefully I will try and build up a professional approach. We have got to get them working as a team,' Hollioake said yesterday. He and Hong Kong coach co-ordinator Lal Jayasinghe had just completed an early morning training session with bowler Sher Lama and batsman Tabarak Dar at the Kowloon Cricket Club nets. Since arriving in Hong Kong, he has had only one session with the full squad. There was another scheduled for last night. 'Obviously work comes first in Hong Kong. It is tough to get people to adopt a professional approach when they are not being paid to do it. It is a hard thing getting time off work and coming to training. What I can do is try to make it all enjoyable,' Hollioake said. But despite the fact that he won't be able to get the squad together - overseas-based youngsters Alex French, Roy Lamsam, Jignesh Tailor and Manoj Cheruparambil will join the team in Sharjah - as often as he would like to, Hollioake is determined to give it his best shot. 'I'm very excited about this whole thing. I knew last year that Hong Kong would be looking for a coach to take them to the ACC Trophy. I put my application in when the job was advertised and here I am. 'It will be good if Hong Kong can qualify. I started playing cricket in Hong Kong and this place means something to me. I always feel very welcome here,' said Hollioake. Born in Melbourne, Hollioake lived with his parents in Hong Kong as a small boy. 'I was here from the age of 10 to 12. I learned my cricket here and I always come back when I can,' said the Surrey captain, who played four Tests for England from 1997 to 1998. But he is most well-known for leading England to victory in a one-day tournament in Sharjah in November 1997. Mike Atherton, then captain, had made himself unavailable and England, experimenting with the idea of having separate one-day and Test captains, appointed Hollioake for the tournament against Pakistan, India and the West Indies. England won and that triumph cemented his place in the limited-overs squad until the 1999 World Cup. He played 35 one-dayers and finished with a batting average of 25.25 and a haul of 32 wickets. Hoping that the Sharjah magic has not deserted him, the Hong Kong Cricket Association plumped for Hollioake to coach the SAR team. 'Apart from The Oval, the ground in Sharjah is where I have played most of my cricket. I know the conditions well. It is sort of a home away from home,' he said. In the next fortnight or so, Hollioake will help Hong Kong develop on key areas of the one-day game. 'A lot of work will be done on fielding techniques, improve the running between wickets, to bowl a consistent line and for batsmen not to give their wickets away cheaply. 'From what I have seen so far, everyone is keen and seems to be enjoying themselves. That is very important,' added Hollioake. His man-management and tactical skills led England to glory some years ago and more recently won Surrey the County Championship. Hong Kong will be hoping a little bit of that winning formula will see them through in Sharjah. Hong Kong fast bowler Mohammed Zubair has been ordered to rest for the next two weeks after injuring himself during a Sunday League game last weekend. 'He has pulled an abdominal muscle and we hope it will clear up soon,' said Mark Burns, HKCA operations manager. 'It is serious enough for him to be ordered not to play cricket for the next two weeks.' It was feared that Zubair had strained a groin muscle. But further examination showed it was not as bad as first thought. 'We will have to wait and see how fit he is after two weeks. He will be able only to do light exercises for the time being,' added Burns.