Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh has taken a lie-detector

test as part of his bid to root corruption out of the game.


believes making players submit to examination by lie-detectors, or

polygraphs as they are also known, could help drive cheats from the


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.


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.


speaking to reporters at Lord’s on Tuesday, said: “As a former captain I

know you never ask a player to do something you are not willing to do


“So on April 7 I went to Melbourne and went through the process of a polygraph test.


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.”


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.


tests cannot be used as evidence in an English criminal court and MCC’s

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.”

Waugh, who said the committee

was merely proposing voluntary tests, added: “There are a lot of

rumours about match-fixing and spot-fixing and I don’t like that.

“So this is about giving the public some confidence that the game is being played in the right way.


for players who have been wrongly accused, I can give them confidence

that it is a fair and reasonable process and that you’ll get the correct


Meanwhile, MCC also urged the ICC’s under-fire

anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) to undertake ‘sting’ operations

similar to the one carried out by the News of the World last year.


chief Ronnie Flanagan, a former senior British policeman, has said his

organisation lacks the resources and mandate needed for such work.

“Players must feel there is a genuine risk of being caught,” the MCC committee said.


so the ICC ACSU should aim to increase their investigative powers by

whatever means, including the use of ‘sting’ operations.”