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Cricketers’ association rejects lie detector test proposal

cricket Updated: Jul 21, 2011 12:19 IST

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The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) has said that it "outright rejects" the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)’s proposals to encourage players to take lie detector tests in an effort to fight corruption within the game.

The MCC, the guardian of the rules of cricket, says that the potential use of lie detector tests should be widely debated.

"It is FICA’s strong position that the use of lie detectors as a means of determining the guilt or innocence of a player in matters relating to corruption on any practice for that matter is to be rejected outright," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted FICA chief executive Tim May, as saying in a statement.

"I commend MCC and Steve Waugh for trying to be proactive in the fight against corruption, but lie detector tests are far from foolproof and not permissible as a means of determining people’s guilt or innocence in the courts of the majority, if not all, cricketing territories."

“It is therefore totally unacceptable that players should be put under pressure to submit to testing that is far from foolproof,” he added.

May further said that FICA would oppose such actions in the strongest possible manner.

"It’s a no-win situation for the players. They quite rightly should decline to submit to one -- the testing is not foolproof," May said.

"The players are not under suspicion for any corruption offence, but now with the MCC publicly encouraging them to submit to one, if the player refuses, it looks like he is hiding something," he added.