Wasim Akram will lead power-packed Pakistan in their defence of the Hong Kong Sixes title at the Kowloon Cricket Club on November 10-11. The team will include the explosive Shahid Afridi who currently holds the record for the fastest one-day century. The Pakistan Cricket Board, which was left high and dry looking for alternate competition after New Zealand pulled out of their tour to Pakistan next month, yesterday named a strong outfit bristling with Test players. Left-arm fast bowler Akram, 35, will spearhead the side which boasts five other current Test players: Abdur Razzaq, Azhar Mahmood, Shoaib Malik, Rashid Latif and Shahid Afridi. The sensational squad is completed by two youngsters, Imran Nazir and Rana Naveed. Organisers are set to officially announce the squad today at the official draw for the eight-team tournament which is being revived after a break of three years. On the last occasion it was held, in 1997, Akram led Pakistan to their second Hong Kong Sixes title. Pakistan also won the event in its inaugural year in 1992. On paper, this team are clear favourites to win the title again. It is understood that the delay in announcing the Pakistan squad was a result of uncertainty as to who would receive the prize money - the players or the PCB - if Pakistan won the Cup Championship. The players had apparently wanted the pot, but with the PCB currently having to cope with the loss of income that would have been generated by the New Zealand tour, it is learned that they wanted the major share of the pot. The first prize at the Hong Kong Sixes is US$80,000. Akram and the rest of the five Test players are all in the squad currently in Sharjah for the triangular tournament against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. This event will begin on Friday and end with the final on November 4. The players are expected to return home first before arriving in Hong Kong for the Sixes. The presence of big-hitter Afridi in the team will generate the most excitement among fans. Afridi, 21, made his name when he smashed the fastest one-day hundred against Sri Lanka. His century came off only 37 balls and included 11 sixes. He has scored close to 3,000 runs and taken 90 wickets in one-dayers. Similarly, the rest of the squad are all adept with both bat and ball. All-round great Akram, who has taken 414 Test wickets and scored 2,898 runs, will also rely on the cool head of wicketkeeper/batsman Rashid Latif to guide the side to victory. 'They look a very strong side and I think they can do well in Hong Kong,' said Imran Saeed, an SAR-based bank executive who will manage the side. With all that firepower in the squad, Hong Kong will be hoping to avoid them in the preliminary round. Pakistan, Australia, England, Sri Lanka, India, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates will join Hong Kong in the eight-team tournament which is being played for a record $2 million total prize money. The eight teams will be drawn into two pools of four which will take part in a round robin competition on the first day. On the second day, the top two in each of the preliminary groups will enter the Cup competition while the bottom two will enter the Plate.