Hong Kong's leading strike bowlers Khalid Khan and Mohammed Zubair were both cast into the wilderness yesterday and could be out of action for more than a month. It is a less than ideal situation as local cricket's biggest date on the international calendar, the Asia Cup, is just five months away. Left-arm fast bowler Khan has been handed a one-month ban by the Hong Kong Cricket Association's match and disciplinary committee for dissension after being dropped for the Tuanku Ja'afar Trophy final against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur last month. Zubair's future looks even more uncertain. The Kowloon Cricket Club has stopped him playing for the team because of 'overdue subscriptions'. They were both reduced to the role of spectators in the premier competition - the Perrier Sunday League - as their teams, Pakistan Association and KCC Templars clashed yesterday. 'I'm injured. But I hope to be back, playing for Templars soon,' said Zubair optimistically yesterday. Acting Templars skipper for the day, Graham Jardine, could only shake his head in frustration as one of his prime weapons languished outside. Jardine said he didn't know when Zubair would be back. He was upset not only at the fact that Zubair was missing, but also a number of other players, including skipper Anurag Bhatnagar and Mohammed Jamshaid. Templars were also without Hong Kong captain Rahul Sharma who was out of town on business. The absentees and Zubair's predicament reduced Templars to just 10 men yesterday. No prizes for guessing the outcome on the field. Pakistan Association made light of the absence of their star bowler Khan as they swept to an accomplished seven-wicket victory. Khan, who caused a scene after being dropped against Malaysia and was sent back to the hotel from the ground, copped a 30-day ban which ends on November 4. Batting first after winning the toss, Templars were bowled out for 183 with only Ravi Sujanani offering any resistance as he hit a fighting 77. But once he was out, superbly caught by Rafaqat Ali running to his left on the extra-cover boundary, the outcome was inevitable. Big-hitting opener Mohammed Tahir began the run-chase in awesome fashion as he hit a quickfire 53 off 25 deliveries to put Pakistan Association in the driver's seat. Fellow-opener Nasir Hameed kept the other end going and made an elegant 70, while Saleem Malik chipped in with an unbeaten 31 as the Pakistanis wrapped it up in mid-innings. At Mission Road, Little Sai Wan pulled off an improbable 14-run victory defending a meagre total of 114 against HKCC Scorpions. 'We thought they would reach it easily as they had a full-strength team out there. But we got a few early wickets and managed to put them under pressure,' said Sai Wan's Tabarak Dar, who grabbed four for 25.