CRICKET- International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday cleared England pacer Liam Plunkett of a ball tampering charge.
Plunkett was accused of allegedly tampering with the ball during the second one-day international against Pakistan on Saturday. He was seen rubbing his fingers along the surface of the ball.
Though the issue was not raised during the match but when a footage started circulating on social media showing Plunkett with the ball, the pacer himself approached the officials and raised the issue.
“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,” said a statement issued by ICC on Sunday.
Pakistan and England are playing a five match ODI series before the start of the World Cup on May 30. After the win in Southampton, England are now in lead with 1-0. The teams meet again in Bristol on Tuesday.