LAHORE (Agencies) - Pakistans 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 Butts Pakistan team-mates, M Asif and M 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 didnt get the passport back on time I cant 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. 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. The Crown Prosecution service will start working from July to prove their case of corruption and cheating against the three players and their Pakistani-British agent, Mazhar Majeed. PCB has made it clear that it would not assist the players in the Crown Prosecution case. Butts lawyer, Yasin Patel told a news agency that it was too early to say whether the shutdown of the News of the World tabloid, which did the expose on the spot-fixing scandal last year, would have any bearing on the case.