Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) has opposed the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)’s proposal to encourage players to take lie detector tests in an effort to fight corruption within the game.
Tim May, Chief Executive of (FICA) sais, “It is FICA’s strong position that the use of lie detectors as a means of determining the guilt or innocence of a player in matters relating to corruption on any practice for that matter is to be rejected outright.
“I commend MCC and Steve Waugh for trying to be proactive in the fight against corruption, but lie detector tests are far from foolproof and not permissible as a means of determining peoples guilt or innocence in the courts of the majority if not all cricketing territories.
“It is therefore totally unacceptable that players should be put under pressure to submit to testing that is far from foolproof. To publicly request players to make “some stand” against corruption, by submitting to this “imperfect” testing is irresponsible and FICA will oppose such actions in the strongest possible manner.
“The testing is far from foolproof – that’s why its not allowed to convict people in a court of law.
“It’s a no win situation for the players – they quite rightly should decline to submit to one – the testing is not foolproof., the players are not under suspicion for any corruption offence but now with the MCC publicly encouraging them to submit to one, if the player refuses, it looks like he is hiding something.
FICA said they are committed to rid the game of corruption, but they will not stand by and have players subjected to a testing technique that has the propensity to churn out incorrect conclusions.
Tim May has written to the MCC to address this matter in a responsible manner.