London, July 20: Former Australian captain Steve Waugh is of the opinion that making players submit to examination by lie-detectors, or polygraphs as they are also known, could aid the exorcism of cheats from the game.
As a member of the world cricket committee of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which happens to owns Lord's cricket ground, Waugh offered to undergo a test as a token gesture to confirm he had never been involved in corruption in cricket.
MCC arranged for him to be tested by Steven van Aperen who, it said in a statement, was one of the chief lie-detector specialists in the UK.
"Steve Waugh passed this test convincingly," MCC added. Waugh, interacting with reporters at Lord's on Tuesday, said, "As a former captain I know you never ask a player to do something you are not willing to do yourself.
"So on April 7, I went to Melbourne and went through the process of a polygraph test. At the end of the process, which took about two hours, I was convinced that anybody with something to hide would be found out by this process."
Waugh was goaded into action following last year's revelations by Britain's News of the World tabloid that former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, were all involved in the deliberate bowling of no-balls during a Test against England at Lord's as part of a betting scam.
The Pakistan trio were suspended for a minimum of five years' each by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and are now waiting for a criminal trial in England due to start in Oct.