MCC news December 15, 2010

MCC recommends lie detector tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

The MCC World Cricket Committee has recommended that the laws of the game be amended in a bid to rid the sport of corruption, and has called for the use of lie detector tests to reinforce the need for transparency in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal that erupted during Pakistan's tour of England in August.

Following a two-day meeting in Perth ahead of the third Ashes Test, the club's working party, including two former Ashes-winning captains in Steve Waugh and Mike Brearley, issued a statement containing a wide range of proposals including "the legalising and regulating of betting markets in India as proposed by the Delhi Court; the length of bans; non-selection of tainted players; the possible use of lie detector tests; the provision of integrity officers; and the inclusion of anti-corruption clauses in all professional playing contracts in all countries."

"The greatest issue facing the game right now is match-fixing," said Waugh. "How can we make players more accountable for their actions? Personally, I think if you've not done anything wrong, why wouldn't you want to have a lie detector test? You can't make it compulsory but like I said, if you've got nothing to hide, why wouldn't you take it? If we sit back and don't do anything about corruption, it's going to get worse."

In its statement, the committee also complimented the ICC and its Anti-Corruption & Security Unit (ACSU) for its work to clean up the sport, but urged the game's governing body to commit more resources - and increased powers - to tackle the single biggest menace to the integrity of cricket.

"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," the statement read. "Furthermore, the committee believes that team captains - as enshrined in the Laws and Spirit of Cricket - should accept greater responsibility for the conduct of their players."

Speaking on the eve of the Perth Test, England's captain, Andrew Strauss gave a cautious welcome to the notion of introducing lie detectors to the game. "That's hard for me to answer at this stage," he said. "I don't know about the accuracy of lie detector tests. But what I do know, and is probably more important, is that we don't want the whiff of anything suspicious going on in the game.

"We've seen how disruptive and detrimental to the game of cricket it is," added Strauss. "The devil of all these things is in the detail. If we have to take extreme measures in order to be 100% confident the game is being played in the right spirit, then I'd certainly be happy to do that.

"I'd have to think about the arguments [for lie detector tests] one side and another first. But the principle, of having 22 guys on the pitch that the supporters are absolutely 100% certain are playing the game for the right reasons, is a good thing."

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  • siddharth on December 17, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    No.. no.. Lets Wait for Wikileaks to release more facts which we should know...

  • Alex on December 17, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    I don't mind wiretapping players on TOUR!.

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Put lie detector in a lie detector test and it will say "I AM NOT TELLING THE TRUTH"

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    if lie detectors were accurate then why v still c corruption in world , all lies would hav been detected , lol

  • Ryo on December 16, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    According to BCCI logic, the technology is not 100% foolproof, nor has it been universally adopted, and is open to much abuse and interpretation. Therefore the technology should never be used. I'm being facetious of course, but c'mon, a lie detector test?? That's ridiculous, who actually uses lie detectors these days?

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    The lie detector tests have been refuted almost everywhere. In Pakistan 10 years ago, in India this year, in SA, AUS, ENG, WI, NZ.. all banned the polygraph a long long time ago because it is utterly unreliable. If you are a sociopath, or even remotely skilled in lying, you won't get caught even if guilty, on the other hand if you are nervous while taking it, often you'll be incriminated even if not guilty. Its a well known fact the Polygraph is rubbish, have the old men at the MCC been hibernating? Or are they really this oblivious?

  • Larry on December 16, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    So, what happens if a player refuses to take the lie detector test? Does it automatically make him guilty? Also, some people might be "skilled" enough to beat the lie detector. As Mr.Costanza would say - "It's not a lie, if *you* believe it"!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    We should be concentrating on improving cricket . Liemdectors are a waste of time just like match referees.

  • khurram on December 16, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    look who is calling for lie detector test poor steve waugh whose very own brother once part of match fixing. @Vinoth Babu Iyer u r talking about justice a person from a country whose players just refuse to use UDRS (which according to them not 100% accurate) n instead support naked eye decisions of umpires which r hardly 50% accurate. if such tests r get into practised then private leagues like ipl will suffer the most. @INDIA_AUS_RICH_BOARDS lets dhonis money be kept with him better as after a shameful defeat in upcoming world cup n once u pple start setting his home in fire he will be the one who needed that money most. btw when sachin n dhoni will start playing for country as they always r ready to play ipl n pvt leagues but when it comes to international assignment they start complaining of too much cricket

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    The so called 'custodians of cricket laws' should first have thier IQ tested. After lie detecto testsr, what next? narco analysis brain mapping? or body scanner as in the US of A airports to check for grease and seam-cutters? The biggest joke of them all is "...the legalising and regulating of betting markets in India as proposed by the Delhi Court..". Excuse me, MCC is not the Supreme court of India.

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