"Undercover agents" just a thought, says Lorgat

Mumbai: Facing flak for mulling use of undercover agents posing as bookies to test players` honesty, the International Cricket Council (ICC) today said it was just a suggestion and nothing has been finalised on the issue.

"It`s not a plan at the moment. There was a lot of suggestion or thinking that was going on. One such suggestion was to consider some sort of undercover player that would ensure the players report what they are obliged to do," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat told reporters on the sidelines of a function.

"It`s only a thought at this stage and I might say it`s not a bad thought," he added.

The proposal had not gone down well with the Australian and England Cricketers` Associations, who had cast doubts on the viability of such a plan.

Lorgat also expressed satisfaction at the action taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board in implementing the ICC guidelines, following the spot-fixing scandal in which three of its players -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir - were the accused.

"I am very encouraged to see the way PCB has responded. They had always said that they would take a zero tolerance approach to it. We now see that they are actually implementing it. I am very happy to see that," he said.