Hong Kong side doesn't need players griping about captaincy, says top selector A players' revolt against Hong Kong captain Tim Smart will be dealt with severely, warned the local governing body's chairman of selectors Krishna Kumar, who added that he was even prepared to field an under-19 team for the ACC Premier League game against Nepal next month. Chief selector Kumar has come out strongly and backed under-siege captain and wicket-keeper of the senior side Smart, by issuing a stern warning to players yesterday - leave if you can't stand Smart's captaincy. 'If they are not prepared to play under Tim Smart, then they can walk away. We don't care even if they are big stars, for if you are not willing to play under the Hong Kong captain, you can leave,' said Kumar yesterday. Earlier this week, Smart revealed he had wanted to resign his position as Hong Kong captain after last month's ACC Trophy in Malaysia. It is believed that he had wanted to step down after bearing the brunt of criticism from disgruntled players, unhappy with his selection policy on tour as well as his captaincy. But he had been persuaded not to resign by the selectors. 'Tim Smart will be captain for the foreseeable future. As long as we believe he is doing a good job he will remain as captain. And at the moment, he is doing a good job,' said Kumar speaking last night from New York, where he is on personal business. It is understood that Smart had originally been asked to continue for the first couple of matches in the ACC Premier League competition which is being used by the International Cricket Council and its Asian counterpart to fast-track countries towards playing the longer version of the game. Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Singapore and Malaysia have all been picked as teams with potential. Kumar revealed that the selection panel - which also includes the former chairman of the Hong Kong Cricket Association Mike Walsh and Mark Eames - would be willing to field a team of teenagers from the Hong Kong under-19 squad as well as other juniors if Smart's ACC Trophy teammates were unwilling to play in the rest of the Premier League. 'There is a group of three or four players who are causing all the strife. Whoever it is, they can walk away if they have a problem with Smart. We have no problem with that. We will go ahead and fill the senior team with under-19 players and juniors,' said Kumar. It is understood that the group of disgruntled players had been critical of Smart at almost every turn during the ACC Trophy campaign in Kuala Lumpur last month. Among their grievances was the fact that Smart had picked the under-performing Alex French for the final. But Kumar said grievances should have been cast aside on the field for the good of Hong Kong cricket. He said he had the support of ex-Indian international Robin Singh, the Hong Kong coach, to drop any player who they felt was not 100 per cent committed. 'Even Robin Singh is happy to go along this road and drop the seniors. If push comes to shove, this is what we will do, and go ahead and pick the youngsters,' said Kumar. Despite Hong Kong's success in reaching the final at the ACC Trophy, there was plenty of underlying tension within the camp. Apparently this spilled over into last week's opening ACC Premier League game against Singapore which Hong Kong lost by a massive 158 runs. Hong Kong, who finished bottom of the League last season, have three more games to play.