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Video: Broad backs lie detector tests Published: 27 June 2012

Stuart Broad has backed the use of lie detector tests as a tool for tackling corruption in the game, while speaking at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture.

Broad was reacting to Tony Greig's comments during his speech, where the former England captain suggested that lie detector tests might be used.

Greig said: "I think all players should agree to take lie detector tests and all should agree that if they failed the tests, they would give the officials access to their bank account records and phone records.

"My expectation is that only a handful of players might fail the test and therefore it would not be an onerous commitment by 99.9% of the players."

Mark Nicholas, chairing a panel discussion after the Lecture which featured Broad, Greig and former England spinner Derek Underwood, put the suggestion to Broad - who reacted positively.

"I think it's a fantastic idea to be really honest," said England's T20 captain.

"Players want rid of corruption and there has got to be a way of doing that."

Greig had admitted the lie detector tests would be seen as an invasion of privacy, but Broad compared the scenario to the one experienced by players when subjected to random drug tests.

"We're available 24/7. We can get a door knocked on at 5am and have to supply a drug test, so why not do it for corruption?

"If we go on holiday we have to inform the ICC we're going away and which hotel we're in."

The idea of using lie detector tests to tackle corruption in cricket was explored last year by MCC's World Cricket committee - with former Australia captain Steve Waugh leading the way.

Waugh, who chairs the committee's corruption working party, underwent a test himself to assess the viability of lie detectors.


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