England international pacer Liam Plunkett has been given a clean chit after being cleared of any wrongdoing by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following allegations that he might have tampered the ball during the second ODI against Pakistan played at Southampton. The video in which he appeared to be scratching the ball at The Rose Bowl on Saturday had gone viral on social media.
However, on Sunday, the ICC came out with a statement saying: “The ICC has confirmed that the match officials are comfortable there was no attempt by Liam Plunkett to change the condition of the ball or any evidence of this on the over-by-over examinations of the ball throughout Saturday’s ODI clash in Southampton.”
Here’s the video:
The 34-year-old himself reportedly raised the issue with officials after becoming aware of the allegations.
England defeated Pakistan by 12 runs at Southampton to go 1-0 up in the five-match series after the series opener at The Oval was washed out on May 8.
The two teams will next face each other in Bristol on Tuesday.
(With IANS Inputs)