Steve Waugh calls for lie detector tests in cricket

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has called for lie detector tests to be introduced in a bid to combat the problem of match-fixing in cricket.Waugh has undergone a polygraph examination and called on current internationals to follow his lead.

The 46-year-old believes the technology could be of use within the international game.He said: “I was convinced that anybody with something to hide would be found out by this process.”Waugh – who scored 10,927 Test runs for Australia – was speaking at Lord’s in his capacity as a member of the MCC’s World Cricket Committee.

He believes lie detectors could be used to clear people who have been wrongly accused of fixing and to reassure fans that they are seeing authentic, competitive cricket.”As a former captain I know you never ask a player to do something you are not willing to do yourself,” he said.”So on 7 April I went to Melbourne and went through the process of a polygraph test.”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.”We’re looking for ambassadors or advocates to put up a hand and say they would undergo a polygraph to be a role model for their team.” – BBC