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ICC gives England's Liam Plunkett clean chit on ball tampering allegation

A small video of Plunkett surfaced on social media which suggested Plunkett might have tampered with the ball during England's second one-day international against Pakistan.

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England fast bowler has been cleared by the Council following allegations he may have tampered with the ball during the second one-day international against

A short sequence from Saturday's match in led to a debate on Twitter, with some on suggesting the 34-year-old had been involved in an act of foul play as a result of a three-second clip showing Plunkett rubbing his fingers along the surface of the ball.

Plunkett himself is understood to have raised the issue with officials after becoming aware of the allegations and he has since been exonerated fully by umpires and Paul Reiffel, with the agreement of match referee

"The ICC has confirmed that the match officials are comfortable there was no attempt by 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 the global governing body on Sunday.

England, hosts of the upcoming men's ODI World Cup, beat by 12 runs at to go 1-0 up in the five-match series, with Plunkett taking two wickets for 64 runs in nine overs after Wednesday's series opener at The Oval was washed out.

The teams meet again in on Tuesday.

First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 00:25 IST