After a break of almost two decades, Dermot Reeve will return to play for Hong Kong at the Cathay Pacific/Standard Chartered Hong Kong Sixes at the Kowloon Cricket Club on November 1-2. And this could be the start of a fresh lease of life for the former English international with selectors looking at Reeve as a player-coach for the SAR's 2007 World Cup qualifying campaign. 'We are delighted that Dermot will be playing at the Hong Kong Sixes. We are now looking at getting him involved on a longer term basis,' said Mike Walsh, chairman of the Hong Kong Cricket Association and also chairman of the selection panel. The other surprise selection in the seven-strong squad was that of former opener Mark Eames, whose last major assignment was at the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada. While Eames continues to play in the local leagues, the selection of Reeve will raise a few eyebrows for the manner in which he walked into the squad. It is understood his selection has caused some ill-feeling among some players. Hong Kong-born Reeve last played for the territory in the mid-80s before leaving for England to start a professional career. He had a long and successful stint with Warwickshire and also became widely regarded as a one-day specialist. He coached Hong Kong at the 1994 ICC Trophy in Kenya. 'With his vast experience and knowledge, we can only benefit from his presence,' said Hong Kong coach Lal Jayasinghe. 'Our goal this year is to reach the Cup competition and I'm hopeful that Dermot will help us achieve that.' Hong Kong defeated Sri Lanka last year to win the Plate competition. Reeve, who turned 40 in April, won three Test caps for England and also played 29 one-day internationals - his last being against Sri Lanka in Faisalabad during the 1996 World Cup. ICC rules require a player to have a four-year stand-down period if he wishes to represent another country. Reeve meets all requirements. Reeve's last appearance at the Sixes was for England in 1995. He was a TV commentator at the last two tournaments. The 2003 squad, captained by Rahul Sharma, will have a new look. Apart from Reeve and Eames, other newcomers include ex-Ireland international and HKCC Scorpions all-rounder Ryan Eagleson and Little Sai Wan's Tabarak Dar. Sharma, Afzaal Haider and Amar Najeeb are the only survivors from last year's successful team. Hussain Butt, a lynchpin for the past two years, was not considered as he could not get a visa to return to Hong Kong. He is in England. Also dropped is medium-pacer Mohammed Zubair. Among those who can consider themselves unlucky not to be called up is Zubair's KCC Templars' teammate Mohammed Jamshaid. The left-am bowler smacked a century off only 40 deliveries last weekend (his 50 came in 14 balls) against Optimists. Hong Kong are drawn with defending champions Pakistan, India and New Zealand in Pool A. Hong Kong squad: Rahul Sharma (captain), Mark Eames, Ryan Eagleson, Afzaal Haider, Tabarak Dar, Amar Najeeb, Dermot Reeve.