Waugh takes lie-detector test in corruption fight

Updated: Jul 20, 2011, 12:14 PM IST

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, was one of "Australia`s leading polygraph examiners".

"Steve Waugh passed this test convincingly," MCC added.

Waugh, speaking to reporters at Lord`s here 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."

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.

Bureau Report