Waugh passes lie-detector test

2011-07-19 18:18
Steve Waugh (File)

London - Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has taken a lie-detector test as part of his bid to help root corruption out of cricket.

Waugh believes making players submit to examination by lie-detectors, or polygraphs as they are also known, could help drive cheats from the game.

As a member of the world cricket committee of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns Lord's, Waugh volunteered to undergo a test 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 issued on Tuesday, was one of "Australia's leading polygraph examiners".

The MCC statement added: "Steve Waugh passed this test convincingly."

Australia great Waugh was spurred into action following last year's revelations by Britain's now defunct 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), the sport's global governing body, and are now awaiting a criminal trial in England due to start in October.

Polygraph tests cannot be used as evidence in an English criminal court and the MCC statement added: "The (world cricket) committee accepts that the use of polygraph tests is a sensitive subject but their potential use should now be widely debated in the game.

"The Working Party hopes to meet, in the near future, with the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), to present MCC's thorough analysis of polygraph testing."

ACSU officials have found themselves on the defensive over accusations they have not done enough to rid cricket of corruption.

Soon after the News of the World published its allegations, ACSU chief Ronnie Flanagan, the former head of the police force in Northern Ireland, said they did not have the resources or mandate to mount such 'sting' operations.

But the MCC world cricket committee said: "Players must feel that there is a genuine risk of being caught.

"And so the ICC ACSU should aim to increase their investigative powers by whatever means, including the use of 'sting' operations."

The MCC world cricket committee's members include such present and former players as India's Rahul Dravid, England coach Andy Flower, Pakistan's Majid Khan, New Zealand's Martin Crowe, South Africa's Barry Richards and West Indies' Courtney Walsh.

Although it is more than 40 years since the MCC ceased to run English cricket, it retains worldwide responsibility for the sport's rules or Laws.

Read more on:    steve waugh


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

We're down to the semi-finals of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Who do you see winning the title when all is said and done?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.