Will lie-detectors stamp out corruption?

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Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 13:43 [IST]
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Will lie-detectors stamp out corruption?

Someone's taking the fight against corruption in cricket head on. The MCC World Cricket Committee has recommended a whole slew of measures to counter illegal and nefarious activities within the cricketing fraternity. The Committee has called for the introduction of lie-detector tests to aid more transparency in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the cricket landscape in August.

After a two-day meeting at Perth, the MCC's working party, which includes former Ashes-winning captains Steve Waugh and Mike Bearley, issued a statement containing a gamut of proposals. These included "the legalising and regulating of betting markets in India as proposed by the Delhi Court; the length of bans; non-selection of tainted players; the possible use of lie detector tests; the provision of integrity officers; and the inclusion of anti-corruption clauses in all professional playing contracts in all countries."

Addressing the mounting worry of match-fixing, Waugh said, "How can we make players more accountable for their actions? I think if you've not done anything wrong, why wouldn't you want to have a lie detector test?"

In its statement, the committee also praised the ICC and its Anti-Corruption & Security Unit (ACSU) for its job is to rid the sport of corruption, but urged the game's governing body to commit more resources to tackle the single biggest scourge to the integrity of cricket.

Speaking on the eve of the Perth Test, England's captain, Andrew Strauss was non-comittal on his stand over lie-detector tests. "That's hard for me to answer at this stage," he said. "I don't know about the accuracy of lie detector tests. But what I do know, and is probably more important, is that we don't want the whiff of anything suspicious going on in the game."


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