Cricket players could face lie-detector tests

Lie-detector
tests could be used in a bid to stamp out corruption in cricket, an advisory
committee of the sport’s rule-making body has announced.

Cricket
was shrouded in controversy earlier this year when three members of the
Pakistan team became the subject of match-fixing allegations during a tour of
England.

Following
a police investigation, Captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and
Mohammad Asif — who all protested their innocence — will face a disciplinary
hearing by the International Cricket Council in January.

But
after a meeting of the MCC World Cricket Committee officials have admitted the
latest corruption scandal has had a negative impact on the sport.

“We
are concerned at the scale of the problem, and the detrimental effect it has
placed on the integrity of the game,” a statement on the MCC’s official
website read.

“The
committee feels more resources — and increased powers — are required to
attempt to eradicate this issue from the game.

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.”

As
well as the possible introduction of lie-detector tests, other suggestions
included the legalizing and regulating of betting markets in India, the
inclusion of anti-corruption clauses in playing contracts and the non-inclusion
of “tainted” players.

The
committee, comprised of past and present cricketers and officials, also said
that captains should take more responsibility for their players.

Its
recommendations will be considered by the MCC Laws sub-committee in February.

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