Lie detector tests won’t end corruption alone

Lie detector tests, as suggested by Steve Waugh, are not the only solution to eliminate corruption in cricket, according to Steve Van Aperen, the polygraph expert who conducted the tests on the former Australian skipper.

Stephen Rodger Waugh, former professional cric...

Steve Waugh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Waugh was voluntarily polygraphed as part of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s project in April 2011.

Speaking exclusively from Australia, the Australian Polygraph Services expert, Van Aperen said, “Polygraph testing alone won’t eliminate corruption and that is why we need a coordinated approach which uses sting operations and integrity testing to let players and officials know that if they pursue such a path that they will be caught.”

“This sends a powerful message to players and officials alike that there is a high probability that they will get caught if they accept bribes or engage in corruption”.

“As with any corruption in sport whether it be cricket or cycling a coordinated approach needs to be considered,” he continued. “Polygraph testing can be of assistance in the absence of other corroborative evidence.”

“The problem with a reactive approach to stamping out corruption is that by the time matters are investigated its too late.

“A pro-active approach whereby polygraph testing is used can assist as a deterrent for any players considering accepting bribes or match fixing,” he clarified. “Integrity testing is another approach that could be used.”

Polygraph test (Photo credit: spiralstares)

“Polygraph testing in sex offender situations in the United States has been proven to reduce the incidence of sex offenders released into the community. This is due to the fact that parolees are concerned that they may have to undergo polygraph testing after being released which has the ability of acting as a conscious,” Van Aperen explained.

“They think to themselves if I re-offend then I may have to undergo polygraph testing and be detected and risk the possibility of further sanctions.

“So polygraph testing has definite application and utility in assisting to reduce corruption in sport.

“I can see no reason why players, umpires and officials cannot be tested, . Umpires are an integral part of the game and should be subject to the same scrutiny as anyone else, even more so. Integrity testing should be employed on a regular basis to curtail corruption,” he further added.

“Questions could incorporate whether a player has been approached to engage in match or spot fixing or even been involved in such behaviors or whether they have received money, property or other benefits from bookmakers or anyone else in an effort to influence the game,” Van Aperen concluded.

Waugh has again recommended the lie detector tests to Dr. Ali Bacher for the sports program in South Africa.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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