Craig McMillan will soon travel the road most retired players take, and become a cricket commentator. But before he sits behind the microphone, he has one last task with the bat - to win the Hong Kong Sixes for New Zealand. 'New Zealand have never won the tournament before and we aim to win it for the first time and create a bit of history,' said McMillan from Christchurch. Bowlers at the Kowloon Cricket Club during the October 31-November 1 tournament better beware, because the hard-hitting McMillan has a huge reputation. Two years ago, when part of the All-Stars team, he hit the highest number of sixes - 13 - and won the Player of the Tournament trophy. This time McMillan says he will be twice as motivated. 'It is great to be representing your country again. The last time I played for New Zealand was almost two years ago at the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa,' said McMillan. 'This team coming to Hong Kong have been sanctioned by the New Zealand Cricket Board and I had the responsibility of picking the side,' McMillan said. While other teams have been filled with big-name players, the Kiwi side are rarely troubled by autograph-hunters. India might have the Tendulkars and the Dhonis, Australia the Pontings and the Lees, and England the Flintoffs and the Pietersens, but New Zealand are like Anonymous Inc - at least since the days of Richard Hadlee. McMillan agrees, but believes this is the strength of New Zealand cricket. 'We have no stars, just guys who roll up their sleeves and get on with it. Just look at the Champions Trophy [where New Zealand reached the final] where we were the underdogs,' he said. 'It doesn't matter what tournament we play: we are always the underdogs. We don't have big-name players, but all work together as a unit. We are a small country and just try to do the best we can with the ability we have.' His side, he says, will uphold this same can-do spirit. Once again, there are no household names, but the likes of Scott Styris, Craig Spearman and Peter Fulton - all of whom have represented the country at both test and one-day level - will be a handful. 'This is a very strong side. We definitely have a lot of good all-rounders in the team, which gives us plenty of options. I realised that for this type of cricket, you need players who can both bat and bowl. We have that experience and we also have an exciting talent in Corey Anderson of whom much is expected,' McMillan said. For the first time, the organisers have grouped all the southern hemisphere teams together, throwing the Kiwis in with arch-sporting-rivals Australia and South Africa in the preliminary round. To add spice, Hong Kong have also been drawn in this group. 'We always have a fierce rivalry with Australia and South Africa in sport, not only cricket but in rugby, too. This rivalry will be good for the tournament and I expect the matches to be hotly contested,' McMillan said. Talking of rugby raises the topic of cricket in the Olympics. McMillan hopes that the game will one day be part of the biggest show on earth. 'Cricket was at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, but it was the 50-over version. I believe Twenty20, more than the 50 overs, would be more suited to becoming an Olympic sport. If rugby can become an Olympic sport, I see no reason why cricket cannot follow suit, and I would dearly love to see the day when it is included. I think cricket should start making its case now,' McMillan said. McMillan played 55 tests for New Zealand and 197 one-day internationals - scoring 3,116 runs and 4,707 runs, respectively, during his career. He decries the idea of fiddling with the 50-over format - one idea has been to have four innings of 25 overs each - and says the authorities should not make changes. 'We need the 50-over game to bridge the gap between tests and Twenty20, but at the same time we should keep it as it is. The powerplays, both bowling and batting, add a lot to the game now and there is a lot more strategy involved. I hope they don't try to change it too much,' McMillan said. When McMillan appeared at the KCC in 2007, he went all the way to the final, where the star-studded team lost to Sri Lanka. 'That is the great thing about cricket. We had Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Anil Kumble in our team, but still lost to Sri Lanka, who many would have considered as underdogs,' he said. 'I hope this time, I can go one step more with New Zealand.' He shouldn't worry. After all New Zealand are the perennial underdogs.