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TRUTH! WHAT A RIPPER; CRICKET LATEST...: Oz legend Steve calls for lie detectors to catch cheats.

Byline: PETER CRANSTON

CRICKETERS may be forced to take lie detector tests under the latest plan to rid the game of corruption.

In a radical move suggested by former Aussie skipper Steve Waugh as part of the MCC's World Cricket committee, players would face polygraph tests to prove they are not involved in spot or match-fixing.

The stench of corruption hangs around the game and while the cases against three alleged Pakistani fixers continue the MCC are trying to assist the ICC in finding a solution.

Last night Waugh said: "The greatest issue facing the game is match-fixing.

"I get a little sick and tired of answering questions such as 'what do you know about it?' and 'why is it in the game?' Corruption is something we don't want.

Suspicion "Yesterday we threw ideas around and the lie detector test came from me.

"I was thinking how can we make players more accountable and if you have done nothing wrong why would you not want to have a lie detector test to say you had done nothing wrong.

"It can't be made compulsory but if players want to take a lie detector test to say they have done nothing wrong why not? It does not mean everyone has to take it. If they don't take it there may be suspicion. Why wouldn't you take it if you have nothing to hide. That's my point."

Waugh is on the committee with the likes of Mike Brearley, Alec Stewart, Courtney Walsh, Shaun Pollock and England coach Andy Flower.

They have no direct power over the game but several of their suggestions have been implemented by the ICC.

In the case of lie detectors the ICC are already interested since they are desperate to clean up the game.

A spokesman said: "We have a zero tolerance policy towards corruption and would consider anything - including lie detector tests - which would help us stamp it out."

The MCC committee are also suggested legalising the betting markets in India, which is an enormous unregulated black market, an increase in the length of bans for those involved and non-selection of tainted players.

That returns the spotlight to those named and shamed in the Quyyam report into fixing, of which one was England spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed.

Integrity Waugh makes it clear in whose hands he believes the integrity of the game lies.

He added: "I firmly believe captains have to be role models to the younger guys. Most issues involving match-fixing have been because the captain has been involved."

England skipper Andrew Strauss, who is beyond reproach, said: "I don't know about the accuracy of lie detector tests but I do know we don't want the whiff of anything suspicious in the game."

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