Lahore: Pakistan's banned Test captain, Salman Butt will not be able to appear before a London court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing into the criminal case registered against him by the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) for corruption and cheating.

A case has been registered against Butt's Pakistan team-mates, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir, too, who are in London for the hearing at the Southwark court.

"I had applied for a visa on time to the British embassy but since I didn't get the passport back on time I can't go to London," Butt said.

"I wanted to appear myself but because of the visa problems now my lawyer, Yasin Patel will represent me in the hearing," Butt, one of the players involved in the spot-fixing case, said.

The former Pakistan skipper said if required and if his lawyer advises him he is available for a video conference.

The trio is already serving a five-year ban from the International cricket Council anti-corruption tribunal that found them guilty of spot fixing in February this year during a hearing in Doha.

The three players did not appear at the hearing, held on May 20 in the Southwark court, which ruled that regular hearing of the criminal case would begin in October.

Judge James Sanders, however, ruled that the three have to appear for the preliminary hearing in July in person or through a video link.

The date for the start of the regular hearing has been set for October 4.

Although Aamir and Asif were present in London on May 20, they did not appear in the Southwark court on advice of their lawyers. Butt did not travel to London at all.

Intikhab also said with T20 cricket getting more and more popular and other cricket boards also giving importance to the shortest version of the game, it was a good time for Pakistan to start making preparations.

"We have some young players who are big hitters and we have seen bowlers equipped to even defend small totals in T20 cricket," he noted.

Chief selector, Mohsin Khan who is also in the camp, assisting the batsmen, said he was also impressed with the young talent.

"But we will soon sit down and decide what to do. We have seen the talent and we have to now shortlist players for T20 cricket," he said.

The second phase of the fast track camp will feature spinners and middle-order batsmen and Mohsin said that would also be an important camp.

"Some of the youngsters who featured in the first phase seem to be good and eager to shine at the international level.

But obviously time is required to properly assess their worth.

However, we are feeling good about the talent we have in T20 cricket," Mohsin said.

Former Test players - Sarfraz Nawaz, Ijaz Ahmed and Abdul Qadir - are also working in the camp with the youngsters and discarded players.

The programme is being run by Intikhab, who is also PCB's director of game development.

(Agencies)