Martin Crowe raises new match-fixing doubts

Wellington: The New Zealand cricket team may have been exposed to "spot-fixing" long before the alleged betting and corruption scandal of the England- Pakistan series were revealed, according to Black Caps legend Martin Crowe.

Crowe is doubtful about New Zealand`s second Test against Pakistan in Wellington in December 2009. The Black Caps scored 99 and 263 and lost by 142 runs to Pakistan, who levelled the series 1-1 after losing the first Test in Dunedin.

"I was asked if I had ever been suspicious about a match. I replied: `Often`," New Zealand Herald quoted Crowe as saying. "I remember that one in particular. There was a multitude of catches going down. I have never seen a worse fielding side in my whole life. I remember in particular New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton chipping one to mid-on, where Pakistani captain (at that time) Mohammad Yousuf dropped it. It was an absolute sitter, a dolly," he said.

In all, there were five dropped catches, a missed run-out and one ball, at an easily catchable height, that eluded fieldsmen who should have caught it. "Pakistan won that match comfortably, so I am not trying to say that it was match fixing. But it does make you think about spot-fixing," Crowe said.