SPIN bowler Bharat Gohel will end an eight-year absence from Hong Kong's International Cricket Council Trophy squad after being selected to represent the territory in next month's competition in Kenya, last night. Gohel, the 38-year-old left-arm spinner from Kowloon Cricket Club's Sunday League champions Templars, and teammate Ravi Sujanani were picked to replace all-rounders Ross Greer and Glyn Davies, both of whom pulled out of the original squad of 16. Hong Kong Cricket Club duo Matthew Johnson and David Crowe were the two to miss out from the selectors' shortlist of four possible replacements. Gohel's omission was the biggest talking point of the original selection as it meant the squad had only one recognised spinner in off-spinner Yarman Vachha. The Hong Kong-born Gohel represented the territory in the 1986 ICC Trophy in England and claimed seven wickets for 75 runs in his two appearances. Those figures included a haul of six for 11 against Fiji - the second best bowling analysis in the four tournaments for world cricket's B-ranked nations, behind S. Ashraful Haque, who took seven for 23 for Bangladesh against Fiji in 1979. Gohel was overlooked for the 1990 ICC Trophy in the Netherlands, despite the fact that four spinners were included in the 16, and the selectors preferred a battery of medium-pace bowlers when they announced their initial squad for Kenya in November. Hong Kong's chairman of selectors, Rod Eddington, said last night: ''Bharat Gohel gives us an extra dimension and was the first pick. ''Then it was down to one from a choice of three medium-pace bowlers and Ravi's batting game him a slight edge.'' Hong Kong's coach for the ICC Trophy, England Test all-rounder Dermot Reeve, had to play second fiddle to Air India's 21-year-old Pritam Gandhe in a tour match at the KCC yesterday. Gandhe struck three sixes and a four off one Reeve over as Air India amassed 279 for four in their 50 overs. Then he clean-bowled Reeve for 17 with his clever off-spin as the Hong Kong Cricket Association President's XI were dismissed for 128 to go down by 151 runs. Gandhe's innings of 72 and bowling figures of four for 22 off 10 overs earned him the Man of the Match award - presented by Reeve.