Cricket 22: Big Ant removes Tim Paine from cover amid controversy

Big Ant has updated the cover photo of Pat Cummins and Meg Lanning, the captain of the Australian women's cricket team.

The official Ashes game's release date has been pushed back a week, and is now set for December 2, 2021. (Credits: Big Ant)

Cricket 22, the official licenced Ashes game, has been postponed for another week as makers want to update the game’s digital cover, which was previously set to feature Tim Paine. Paine has been taken from the cover following the texting scandal and his resignation as Australia’s Test captain, with Pat Cummins taking his place.

Though the makers will be able to change the digital cover, Tim Paine will appear on the physical covers of the highly anticipated cricket game, making it an instant collector’s item. The official Ashes game’s release date has been pushed back a week, and is now set for December 2, 2021.

Pat Cummins replaces Tim Paine from cover of Cricket 22

Big Ant has updated the cover photo of Pat Cummins and Meg Lanning, the captain of the Australian women’s cricket team.

“To ensure the highly anticipated Cricket 22 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.”

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Because of Tim Paine’s unexpected resignation, the release day patch had to be postponed.

Ross Symons, the CEO of Big Ant said in a conference, “Factors beyond our control have meant that we need to update the game’s cover art, other visuals and team lists. There was a critical day 1 patch that players will need to enjoy the full Cricket 22 experience that has consequently needed to be revoked. Everyone at Big Ant Studios would like to thank our fans and supporters for understanding our need to do this, ensuring the game is as full and authentic cricket experience as possible.”

Also Read: Cricket 22 announced, what to expect in future

What is new in Cricket 22?

Cricket 22 includes a slew of new features based on player feedback, including:

  • All-new bowling and fielding controls; whether it’s a feisty fast bouncer, or the satisfying “snap” as you hurl the ball from the infield for a precision run-out, Cricket 22 features refined, tight controls that enable you to play your best game of cricket.
  • A deep, narrative-driven career mode; you are in control on and off the field. You manage your training and press conferences, deal with injuries, and decide your path towards international glory!
  • It’s the most accessible cricket game yet; New to Cricket? Cricket 22 makes it easier to get into the game than ever before, with a completely overhauled series of tutorials and first-time user experience. Cricket 22 is the most detailed simulation of the sport that Big Ant has ever created, and thanks to these tutorials we’ll have you out there batting and bowling like a pro in no time.
  • An all-new commentary team; Cricket 22 brings a star-studded commentary team, featuring Michael Atherton, Ian Healy, Mel Jones, Alison Mitchell and David Gower. Every shot will be called with greater depth and analysis than ever before, and for the first time ever in a sports game, there will be an all-women commentary team, further deepening the representation of women in the Cricket 22 experience.
  • The best-looking cricket ever; Cricket 22 takes full advantage of the capabilities of the latest generation of hardware. Not only does the game load with blinding speed, getting you into the action more quickly than ever before, it also includes a full suite of visual updates, including incredible real-time ray tracing elements, providing the most visually realistic game of cricket ever seen.

Tim Paine Scandal

Tim Paine resigned as Australia’s Test captain on Sunday, claiming he was aware that the implicit messages he communicated to a former female colleague would be made public. In a sad message, Paine recognised that his previous actions were unworthy of managing the senior national team.

After a Cricket Australia inquiry into the matter following a complaint by a female colleague in 2018, Tim Paine was absolved of any wrongdoing. Following the Sandpaper Gate row, in which Steve Smith lost his captaincy, Paine took over as Australia’s Test captain in the same year.

Paine, on the other hand, made the decision to resign as Australia’s captain to avoid being distracted ahead of the 2021-22 Ashes series. Read about this in detail Tim Paine steps down as captain of Australia ahead of Ashes 2021 due to THIS scandal

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