THE manager of Hongkong's first all-Chinese side has defended the selection policies which prompted a Pakistan-born player to claim unfairness in selection policy. Team manager Bharat Gohel said Dil Akbar, a Pakistani of Vietnamese descent who accused the management of double standards in their selection of the squad, has no claim to be a part of the team. Akbar felt he was left out because he ''didn't look Chinese'', having originally played for the side against an Essex under-14 side earlier this year. He said the criteria for eligibility should have been made clear from the start. But Gohel said: ''The side that played against the Essex kids was never touted as an all-Asian or all-Chinese side. It was just a team put together to give the Essex boys some competition. ''It was only an after-thought that we set up a team of Chinese players. The criteria laid down was that the players must be Chinese or that one of their parents are Chinese. ''Vietnamese is not Chinese. Vietnamese, Japanese, Koreans, it doesn't matter, if they are not Chinese they are not eligible for the squad. ''There are no quarter Chinese in the squad because they are not eligible either.'' He said the decision to start an all-Chinese squad was made with the best of intentions by the Hongkong Cricket Association, with an aim to increase the popularity of the game among the local Chinese. The squad meets twice a week for training at the Kowloon Cricket Club. The association are hoping to follow the successful path of the Hongkong Rugby Union, who five years ago initiated a development programme aimed at the local Chinese community. The cricket squad have organised a trip to Taiwan in September and hope to travel to Beijing in May next year.