England vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI: Liam Plunkett cleared by ICC after ball tampering scare

first_imgEngland might have won the 2nd ODI against Pakistan on May 11 but fast bowler Liam Plunkett might find himself in trouble over widespread allegations of tampering the ball in Southampton. A video clip of Plunkett cleaning the ball with his fingernails has since surfaced on social media where the bowler can be seen in the act.Plunkett picked 2 wickets of Faheem Ashraf and Haris Sohail during his spell of 9 overs, conceding 64 runs as England survived a counter-attacking 138 from Fakhar Zaman.Errr….What’s going on here? Did Liam Plunkett just scratch the ball with his finger nails? Please investigate this @ICC @TheRealPCB @ECB_cricket #PAKvENG #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/2kDqhX5AsFWaqas Ahmed (@ahmedwaqas92) May 12, 2019However, at the time of writing this article, ICC came out with a statement saying that they are of the opinion that there was no ‘evidence’ of Plunkett attempting ‘to change the condition of the ball’.”The ICC is aware of the unverified video that is currently circulating on social media. The match officials are comfortable that there was no attempt to change the condition of the ball or any evidence of this on the over by over examinations of the ball throughout the game,” the ICC said in a statement on Sunday.JUST IN: 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 Saurday’s ODI clash in Southampton. pic.twitter.com/0gzwHq9s4hadvertisement ICC (@ICC) May 12, 2019Earlier, Pakistan’s run chase faltered in the last over as England clinched a 12-run victory in the 2nd ODI on Saturday ahead of the Cricket World Cup.England’s heavyweight hitter Jos Buttler reached his eighth ODI century in just 50 balls and finished on 110 not out after Pakistan chose to bowl.Buttler and captain Eoin Morgan posted an unbroken 162-run stand as England struck 373-3, with Pakistan reaching 361-7 in reply.(With AP inputs)Also Read | 2nd ODI: Jos Buttler blasts century as England edge PakistanAlso Read | Current England team ‘a tough one’ to break: James Vincelast_img read more