Fast English bowler Liam Plunkett was fired by the International Cricket Council for alleged manipulation of the ball during the second one-match international match against Pakistan.
A brief sequence from Saturday’s game in Southampton sparked a debate on Twitter, with some in the social media pointing out that the 34-year-old is involved in a foul on a three-second clip in which Plunkett rubs his fingers was along the surface of the ball.
It is assumed that Plunkett himself raised the matter with the officials after he became aware of the allegations. Since then he has been fully relieved by referees Chris Gaffaney and Paul Reiffel with the approval of referee Richie Richardson.
“The ICC has confirmed that the game management feels comfortable, there has been no attempt by Liam Plunkett to change the state of the ball, and no evidence that the ball keeps checking throughout the ODI clash on Saturday in Southampton became, “he said A statement of the World Association of Sunday.
England, host of the men’s ODI World Cup, defeated Pakistan in Southampton with 12 runs and won 1-0 in the five-game series. After opening Wednesday’s The Oval, Plunkett had scored two goals for 64 runs in nine overs.
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/0gzwHq9s4h— ICC (@ICC) May 12, 2019