Some of the best-known names - and most powerful ball-strikers - in the world game will grace Kowloon Cricket Club in this weekend's 12th edition of the Cathay Pacific/Standard Chartered Hong Kong International Sixes. While India bid to defend the title they won in stylish fashion last year, traditional Sixes heavyweights England and Pakistan are desperate to return to winning ways. Determined also to add their names to the illustrious list of winners in the world's richest and most prestigious sixes event, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies have all selected power-packed squads capable of emerging triumphant. Leading the parade of international stars are Darren Gough and Dominic Cork of England, South African Nicky Boje, West Indian Champions Trophy representatives Carlton Baugh and Marlon Samuels and Pakistanis Imran Nazir and Yasir Arafat. Add to that the considerable talents of Indian Reetinder Sodhi, last year's Player of the Tournament, and Sri Lankan Saman Jayantha, who won the accolade in 2003, and all the ingredients are in place for another explosive weekend. Further spice is that India and the West Indies will renew rivalries in the opening phase. In a repeat of last year's Cup final, India will face the West Indies in pool one with captain Robin Singh aiming to inspire his troops to a repeat of their four-wicket success in 2005. Pool one will be completed by Australia, who are still waiting to win the Butani Cup and the US$100,000 winners' cheque. 'It's a fascinating draw and the fact that India and the West Indies will play each other on the opening day in a repeat of last year's final will add intrigue,' said Clive Howard, chairman of the Hong Kong Cricket Association. This year's Sixes will feature nine teams. In addition to the eight teams who competed last year - Australia, England, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies - New Zealand have been added.