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 with 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.

We’ve had to update the game’s cover image, other visuals, and team lists due to circumstances beyond our control. The Big Ant Chief Executive Officer, Ross Symons, was reported in cricket.com.au as saying, “There was a key day 1 patch that players will need to enjoy the complete Cricket 22 experience that has therefore needed to be cancelled.”

“This is the first time Big Ant Studios has had to postpone a game release, but we’re in an unprecedented situation,” he said.

“Everyone at Big Ant Studios thanks our fans and supporters for understanding our need to do this, ensuring the game is as complete and authentic a cricket experience as possible,” the CEO concluded. Following the controversy surrounding the female staffer, Paine has already stepped down as the Australian men’s Test team captain. Cricket Australia also accepted his resignation. In a press-conference, recently, Paine broke down and apologised to his fans for the happening four years ago.