56 players report illegal approaches by bookmakers


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Steve Waugh, the former Australia captain, has revealed that 56 international cricketers reported receiving illegal approaches from bookmakers last year – a huge increase on the figure of five for 2009.

Waugh, who is a member of the MCC's World Cricket Committee, has suggested the use of lie detectors in the fight against corruption. He wants all current internationals to undergo a polygraph examination – and has attempted to set an example by taking one himself.

Waugh's figure of 56 approaches has been backed up by the International Cricket Council. But the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations chief executive, Tim May, said: "Lie-detector tests are far from foolproof."