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MCC thinks lie-detector tests needed

cricket Updated: Dec 16, 2010 01:43 IST

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The Marylebone Cricket Club is contemplating proposing to the International Cricket Council the use of lie detectors on players in order to clean the sport of corruption, especially spot and match-fixing.

The MCC, the upholder of the laws of cricket, after a meeting in Perth, Australia, recommended further investigation into the use of the device before a recommendation was forwarded to the ICC.

This is linked to the the three Pakistani players who were suspended for being implicated in a spot-fixing scandal during the team's tour of England earlier this year.

"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," it added.

"How can we make players more accountable for their actions? Personally, I think if you've done nothing wrong, why wouldn't you want to have a lie-detector test? You can't make it compulsory but like I said, if you've got nothing to hide, why wouldn't you take it? If we sit back and don't do anything about corruption, it's going to get worse," the former Australia skipper said.

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Team manager Intikhab Alam said the decision was taken after wicket-keeper Zulwarnain Haider used Facebook to announce his retirement, after absconding from duty in Dubai.

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