Lie detectors eyed in cricket anti-corruption clampdown

LONDON, (Reuters) – Lie detector tests and   the non-selection of “tainted” players could be brought   in by cricket as it seeks to rid the game of corruption, the   Marylebone Cricket Club said today.
“The MCC World Cricket Committee has recommended that the   Laws of Cricket be amended specifically to forbid the   corruption or attempted corruption of any aspect of a match,”   the cricketing body said on its website (
At the meeting in Perth the committee said more   deliberation was required before a recommendation could be put   forward to the International Cricket Council (ICC), possibly   as early as February when they next meet.
The measures, including the possible use of polygraphs,   come after a Pakistan scandal where Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir   and Mohammad Asif were suspended under the ICC anti-corruption   code in September over allegations of spot-fixing.
Spot-fixing is the practice whereby a specific part of a   game is fixed in order that gamblers may profit. This can be   something as minor as the timing of a no ball or a wide   delivery in cricket.
The committee has set up a working party comprising former   Australian captain Steve Waugh, West Indian fast bowler   Courtney Walsh, Keith Bradshaw and Barry Richards, who   proposed other methods for cleaning up the game.
They included the legalising and regulating of betting   markets in India as proposed by the Delhi Court, the length of   bans, the provision of integrity officers and the inclusion of   anti-corruption clauses in all professional playing contracts   in all countries.
“The Committee is concerned at the scale of the problem,   and the detrimental effect it has placed on the integrity of   the game,” the statement added.
“The education of players should not be a meaningless   formality; the message should be pressed home with regularity   by figures known and respected by the players.”

Courtney Walsh
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