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.
To ensure the highly anticipated #Cricket22 game gets to fans by 2nd December, Big Ant Studios are proud to announce that Pat Cummins, vice-captain of the Australian men’s cricket team, will be on the Cricket 22 digital cover alongside Australian women’s team captain Meg Lanning. pic.twitter.com/NCCcvqNC5r
— Big Ant Studios (@BigAntStudios) November 23, 2021
Paine will be replaced by Australian vice-captain Pat Cummins, alongside Australian women’s team captain Meg Lanning.
H/T: For the Win