Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has warned of a new 'strategy' to fix matches. It's called 'bracket' fixing and apparently seems to be working well in T20 matches. In excerpts from his new book -- The Meaning of Luck -- published in the Herald Sun, Waugh claims bracket-fixing is a greater threat to the sport than spot-fixing, as the desired result can be achieved effectively. Waugh even calls for lie detector tests for players to come clean.
"A much bigger threat to cricket lurks around what is commonly known as 'bracket fixing', which can be controlled by crooked players and remain undetected or be easily explained away," Waugh wrote. With bracket fixing, a small segment of a limited-overs contest is manipulated to ensure that a certain number of runs are scored or a specific number of wickets are taken over a definite period.
"If a captain is involved, the whole process can be achieved discreetly and effectively..." Waugh wrote. The 48-year-old said that second tier domestic T20 competitions were most susceptible to this scheme.