PUNE (India) Five suspected Pakistani cricketers are unlikely to play the next years World Cup, said renowned lawyer and former opening batsman Aftab Gul. Speaking to this scribe, he said: The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt have entered into a verbal agreement that these players will not represent the Pakistan team at least till the World Cup. I have this information from the people involved with the game and I am sure that these players will not play even the World Cup. The five players which were named by him are: Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Danish Kaneria and Kamran Akmal. Danish Kaneria was omitted in the last minute from the squad that left for UAE for two Tests against South Africa in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and despite being fit, Kamran Akmal was ignored by the selectors and his brother Adnan was chosen to play the Tests, Aftab added. The initial reason given for ignoring Kamran was that he was not 100 per cent fit though he showed some impressive performance in the domestic circuit. The lawyer is not hopeful for the next ICC hearing to be conducted for Salman Butt and two other players Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif. Tomorrow, we are meeting the ICC people over the teleconference to decide about the possible date. But honestly, I am not hopeful for these players, Gul admitted. Please also consider the sequence of the events. Our players were not happy when their interim appeal was dismissed and the ICC is delaying dates for the next hearing and we feel they are deliberately delaying, he added. Pakistan is scheduled to travel to New Zealand (December 26 to Feb 5) and play three Twenty20s, two Tests matches and six ODIs before the next years World Cup to be played in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. And if the arrangement as claimed by Gul is reached between the ICC and PCB, these five players will not figure in these teams for New Zealand as well.