On the digital cover of Cricket 22, the official video game of the Ashes, Pat Cummins has officially replaced Tim Paine. The news comes after an incident from 2017 in which Paine texted a female coworker disrespectful and obscene photographs revealed lately. Paine, on the other hand, will continue to appear on the game’s printed physical versions.
Due to the controversy surrounding Paine, the video game’s official release date was pushed back a week to Thursday, December 2. Big Ant Studios changed the cover of the digital versions on Tuesday, November 23, featuring fast bowler Pat Cummins and batter Meg Lanning, the captain of the Australian women’s cricket team.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 23, 2021
“To ensure the highly anticipated Cricket 22 game reaches fans by December 2nd, Big Ant Studios is 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,” Big Ant said in a statement.
Following the controversy surrounding the female staffer, Paine has already stood down as the Australian men’s Test team captain. His resignation was also accepted by Cricket Australia. Paine just broke down in tears in front of a news conference and apologized to his supporters for what happened four years ago.
The latest chapter of Big Ant’s cricket video game series promises the most robust, substantial game of cricket fans have ever seen, with enhanced visuals and major enhancements and changes to both gameplay and graphics.
New licensed competitions and teams will be introduced in Cricket 22 game. For the first time, Australia and England have both men’s and women’s Big Bash leagues. The list also includes the Caribbean Premier League and the UK’s Hundred.