Cricket Video Game Drops Cover Athlete For Sending Nude Photos In 2017

Australian player in actions during the final of their tri-nations cricket series in Kuala Lumpur

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Did you know there was a cricket video game? Well, neither did I, but now I did all because of a nude photo scandal. Who would have guessed those two things would have gone together?

Cricket 22, a video game developed by Big Ant, has announced its release has been postponed while the developers work to switch out cover athlete Tim Paine on the digital versions. Paine, the former Australian cricket captain, is surrounded by controversy after a scandal from 2017 came to light.

According to The Guardian, Paine sent nude photos and explicit texts to a former colleague. He was cleared of any breach of conduct, however, “because of the consensual nature of the actions it was determined that no further action was required or appropriate.”

Despite that, the scandal came to light and there was outrage which led to Paine stepping down from captaincy and him being removed from a video game cover.

Paine will be replaced by Australian vice-captain Pat Cummins, alongside Australian women’s team captain Meg Lanning.

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