The England and Wales cricket board has been receiving an e-mail from a random person from Australia and the man is demanding £35,000 from the ECB as a blackmail. If ECB refuses to pay him the money, he threatened to release an embarrassing information about a relationship that current England ODI captain Eoin Morgan had with an Australian woman five years ago. He also revealed himself as the current partner of that woman. Here is an official statement from ECB:

An ECB statement said:

“In the last few days, the ECB received an email from an Australian man demanding a five figure sum to prevent a story about our one-day captain Eoin Morgan appearing in the national newspapers in the UK and Australia. The allegations related to a brief relationship Eoin had with a woman from Australia five years ago. Following liaison with the Metropolitan Police, our support team on the ground in Australia investigated the blackmail. This involved approaching the man in question who, when confronted, admitted and apologised for his actions, blaming jealousy (he is presently in a relationship with the woman concerned). The ECB will not allow anyone to disrupt our team’s performance on the field of play. We are wholly focussed on winning cricket matches. This matter has now been brought to a conclusion and we will not be seeking further action against the individual at this stage.”

Paul Downton, the managing director of England cricket, added:

“We will not allow anyone to disrupt our team’s preparation or performance in the tri-series and as we build up to the World Cup. I am pleased that this issue has now been brought to a swift conclusion. At this point we’d like to thank the Metropolitan Police for their advice, which assisted us in dealing with this in the swiftest possible manner.”

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