Eoin Morgan has reportedly been the victim of an £35,000 extortion bid over a brief relationship with an Australian woman.
n the eve of England's Tri-Series clash with Australia, the ECB has revealed they have been contacted by an individual, understood to be an Australian, demanding £35k before the match - scheduled for a 3am UK time start.
Irishman Morgan, who chose to play for England to secure a professional contract, is said to have had a fling with an Australian woman five years ago, while the suspect - identified as an Australian resident of Hobart where England are due to play in the early hours of the morning - is the new boyfriend of the woman.
It is claimed the boyfriend has a phone which includes embarrassing details of the affair, including a video of Morgan's relationship with the woman.
The ECB have since passed on the blackmail bid to Scotland Yard and police are said to have tracked down the individual, according to the Australian Herald Sun.
ECB managing director Paul Dowton said: “There were references to a relationship that Eoin Morgan had five years ago with a single Australian lady.
“It was brief relationship five years ago and what appears to be a fairly deliberate attempt to extort a sum of money from the ECB.
“The individual, who comes from Hobart, demanded that the money be paid before the first ball was played on Friday.”
Downton added: “My job is to ensure that the players have the optimum opportunity to prepare and play cricket for England both in the Tri-Series matches and the upcoming World Cup.
“We will not allow anyone to distract the players or the England captain.
“The ECB will not be pressing charges and the matter is now closed. The players will not be saying anything further at this moment. “