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Plunkett cleared by ICC over ball-tampering allegation

The International Cricket Council on Sunday cleared Liam Plunkett of any wrongdoing during the second ODI between England and Pakistan.

A short footage of Plunkett appeared on social media suggesting the 34-year-old had been scratching his fingers on the ball.

It is understood that Plunkett himself raised the issue with officials after becoming aware of the allegations and he has since been exonerated fully by the on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Paul Reiffel along with match referee Richie Richardson.

"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 ICC in a tweet.

England edged Pakistan by 12 runs at Southampton to go 1-0 up in the five-match series, with Plunkett taking two wickets for 64 runs in nine overs.

The two teams meet again in Bristol on Tuesday.