In a mouth-watering move, arch-rivals Pakistan and India were seeded as the top two teams and placed in separate halves of the draw by organisers of the Cathay Pacific/Standard Chartered Hong Kong Sixes yesterday. They are now drawn to meet in the Cup final on November 11 at the Kowloon Cricket Club. That is if none of the other six teams in the $2 million tournament spoil the party. Indian captain Robin Singh, a special guest at yesterday's draw, has already thrown down the gauntlet, hoping that the two teams would meet at some stage in the competition. 'It is a great honour to play against a cricketer like Wasim Akram and I'm looking forward to playing against him,' said Singh. It came as no surprise that Singh, 38, picked Pakistan as the team to beat. Organisers confirmed the team would be captained by Akram and include five other players who will be playing in the Sharjah triangular tournament with Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe starting on Friday. 'They will be the main opposition although I would like to think that we are also one of the favourites. England and South Africa look capable, while Sri Lanka also seem to have a decent side. It will be an interesting tournament because in sixes any team can win,' Singh said. As an example, look no further than Hong Kong who in the past have beaten sides like Pakistan, India and South Africa. For next month's event, Hong Kong were drawn with India, South Africa and Sri Lanka in Pool A. The other pool comprises Pakistan, England, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. 'We did not want Pakistan and India in the same pool as we wanted to keep the interest alive. But the decision also hinged on the fact that Pakistan are the defending champions and, like India, are sending a top side,' tournament director Clive Howard said. 'Both pools look well balanced and as for Hong Kong, it really doesn't matter which pool they are in as any draw would have been tough.' But Hong Kong must count their blessings that they missed out meeting players like Akram, Shahid Afridi, Azhar Mahmood, Abdur Razzaq, Rashid Latif and Shoaib Malik in the preliminary round. Hong Kong Cricket Association chairman Mike Walsh said Pakistan would arrive 'match hardened' from the tournament in Sharjah. 'Add this to their depth in talent and that should be a tough combination to beat,' Walsh said. To add spice to the event, organisers yesterday revealed that play on both days - November 10-11 - would be telecast live in India. For Singh this is a heaven sent opportunity to get back into the limelight. Out of reckoning from the Indian one-day squad since the series against Australia earlier this year, Singh said he hoped he could convince people back home that he is still worthy of a place in the Indian squad. 'I'm 38 and the selectors feel it is time to groom younger players in time for the next World Cup,' he said. 'But most of the players they have selected have not lived up to expectations and have been inconsistent. The Sixes could be a blessing in disguise for me. It is an opportunity to put myself back in the limelight.' The all-rounder has played 136 one-day internationals for his country, scoring 2,336 runs and taking 69 wickets with his brisk medium-pace bowling. 'I have played a lot of sixes in my career. I think the secret is to try and not lose wickets early on even though it is just five overs,' he said. 'I remember playing here against Pakistan a few years ago and where they needed one or two runs to win in the last few balls and they failed to do it. While the emphasis is on batting and hitting sixes, it is equally important to bowl a good over.'