Often something different. The fact that the image of the cover athlete is exchanged again shortly before the release of a sports game is nothing new. In the case of Cricket 22, however, it looks a little different.
The exchange of photos of a cover athlete can happen, for example if the athlete changes his club and new photos have to be created with the current jersey. At Cricket 22, however, the entire athlete had to be replaced straight away, for rather unsporting reasons.
Tim Paine, captain of the Australian team, was actually chosen as one of the two cover stars. A safe bet in itself had it not been found that Paine had sent unwanted photos of his penis to a former colleague. Yes, exactly, Dick Pics.
This already happened in 2018 and earlier private investigations by the responsible association assessed the sending of the pictures as consensual. The investigation came about at the time because the lady concerned had filed a complaint, which puts the “consensual” as a result into question a little.
It wouldn’t be so bad, but the matter recently came out, prompting Paine to step down as captain, even though he will continue to play for the Australian national team.
Cricket 22 developer Big Ant decided to remove Paine from the cover of the game and instead put Pat Cummins next to Meg Lanning, the captain of the women’s team. However, this means that the digital version will appear punctually on December 2nd, but the disc version will be postponed by a week.
So note: if you want to be on the cover of a sports game, you shouldn’t send dick pics. But you shouldn’t in general either, contrary to the apparently widespread male opinion, women rarely want to see something like this, and certainly not without asking.