London: Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has taken a lie-detector test as part of his bid to help root corruption out of cricket.
Waugh believes making players submit to examination by lie-detectors, or polygraphs as they are also known, could help drive cheats from the game.

As a member of the world cricket committee of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns Lord's, Waugh volunteered to undergo a test to confirm he had never been involved in corruption in cricket.

MCC arranged for him to be tested by Steven van Aperen who, it said in a statement, was one of "Australia's leading polygraph examiners".

“Steve Waugh passed this test convincingly," MCC added.

Waugh, speaking to reporters at Lord's here on Tuesday, said: "As a former captain I know you never ask a player to do something you are not willing to do yourself. So on April 7 I went to Melbourne and went through the process of a polygraph test.”

Australia great Waugh was spurred into action following last year's revelations by Britain's now defunct News of the World tabloid that former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, were all involved in the deliberate bowling of no-balls during a Test against England at Lord's as part of a betting scam.

The Pakistan trio were suspended for a minimum of five years' each by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport's global governing body, and are now awaiting a criminal trial in England due to start in October.

(Agencies)