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WCC 'encourages polygraph debate' Published: 19 July 2011

The MCC World Cricket Committee's Steve Waugh undertook a polygraph test as part of their investigations into ways to eradicate corruption in cricket.

Video: Steve Waugh sits a polygraph test

WCC statements on corruption

The MCC World Cricket Committee has endorsed six wide-ranging conclusions and recommendations made by its Anti-Corruption Working Party:

1. As part of a thorough review of the use of polygraphs, former Australia captain Steve Waugh volunteered to undergo a test to confirm that he had never been involved in corruption in cricket.

MCC arranged for him to be tested by one of Australia’s leading polygraph examiners, Steven Van Aperen. Waugh passed this test, available to view at www.lords.org/liedetector, convincingly.

The MCC World Cricket Committee applauds Steve Waugh’s bravery in following through with his original proposal, and feels this may prompt others in the game to follow suit.

The Committee accepts that the use of polygraphs tests is a sensitive subject but their potential use should now be widely debated in the game. The Working Party hopes to meet, in the near future, with the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), to present MCC’s thorough analysis of polygraph testing.

2. Players must feel that there is a genuine risk of being caught and so the ICC ACSU should aim to increase their investigative powers by whatever means, including the use of ‘sting’ operations.

3. The deterrent must be as strong as possible, meaning that bans should err towards the severe, rather than the lenient.

4. Any captain or coach who is found guilty of corruption should be dealt a lifetime ban from the Game.

5. Young but established international players and captains from each country should be promoted as ambassadors and role models who pledge to educate and protect other young players.

6. Education to emerging players of the methods used by the corruptors is essential and the ICC ACSU must continue to work as hard as possible in this area.

Eradicating corruption

At its meeting in Perth in December 2010, the MCC World Cricket Committee decided that it should set up a Working Party to investigate ways that corruption might be eradicated from the sport.

Chaired by Working Party chair: Steve Waugh, and including Courtney Walsh, Barry Richards and MCC Secretary and Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw, the working party at its outset was keen to stress that it was not looking to rival the work by ICC - rather it was hoping to provide a players’ view of corruption and hoped to assist with the ICC’s work.

One of the main driving forces behind the group was the desire to rebuild the public’s confidence in the integrity of the sport.


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