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  Tuesday, 9 October, 2001, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK
Cool response to lie-tests proposal
The ICC wants a corruption-free game by the 2003 World Cup
ICC chairman Malcolm Gray: Rooting out corruption
Player representatives have given a cool response to a proposal to make Test cricketers undergo lie detector tests every six months as part of the fight to stamp out match-fixing.

It is one of a range of measures being considered by the International Cricket Council in an attempt to improve the game's image.

The introduction of lie detectors was mooted by Judge Edwin King in his report on South Afirca's match-fixing inquiry, set up following the sacking of former captain Hansie Cronje.

The ICC will discuss the matter further at a meeting next week.

But David Graveney, joint chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), told BBC Sport Online the idea "may be bordering on the unreasonable".

David Graveney
Graveney: Also chairman of the England selectors

He said: "Lie detection is something that legally you have to look at in order to protect the player.

"We'd support reasonable and proper measures but we are still duty bound to defend the liberty of an individual.

"As far as I can see, a lot of people have serious reservations."

Graveney's view echoed that of Tim May, the other joint chief of FICA and head of the Australian Cricketers Association.

"We're keen to put in reasonable procedures to ensure we can eradicate match-fixing from the game, but there are reasonable procedures and unreasonable procedures.

"My gut feeling at this stage, without knowing the reliability of lie detectors, is this may well be on the unreasonable side," he said.

ECB opposition

Opinions differ on how reliable lie detectors are.

But if the ICC gives the proposal the go-ahead, they could be part of international cricket by next April.

But they are likely to face opposition from some national cricket boards.

Lord MacLaurin, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said last year that he would "resist to the nth degree" attempts to introduce lie detectors in England.

Lord MacLaurin
MacLaurin: Lie detectors would destroy trust

He added: "There are a few people who have transgressed, but in the whole scheme of things, I do think there is trust and honour in the game of cricket and I would not go for lie detectors and anything like that.

"That would be very sad."

The ICC has set itself the target of eradicating match-fixing from the game within a year.

"We all must learn from this dark period in the game," said chairman Malcolm Gray.

"From now on, all cricket fans around the world must be able to believe that what they see is about skill and ability rather than anything fraudulent."

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08 Oct 01 | England in Zimbabwe
15 Dec 00 | Corruption in Cricket
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14 Dec 00 | Corruption in Cricket
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