|English bowler Jimmy Anderson gets ready to bowl on January 06, 2010 during the fourth day of the third Test match between South Africa and England at Newlands cricket stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. (AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
Jimmy Anderson insists there’s no homophobia in the game of cricket – seriously.
In fact, Anderson is so adamant about it that he’s decided to pose nude for the cover of U.K. gay magazine ‘Attitude.’
"From my point of view, I think doing this could be fantastic for cricket.” Anderson said. “Hopefully this will attract a new sort of fan."
The 28-year-old bowler who is married to model Daniella Lloyd and with a child, claimed that he would probably get ‘some stick’ for the photoshoot but that he was ‘more than prepared’ for it.
Editor of Attitude magazine, Matthew Todd, believed that Anderson’s bold move to pose for the magazine would send a “strong playful signal” when it came to athletes and homosexuality.
“Jimmy is obviously completely comfortable in his own sexuality to appear naked in a gay magazine," Todd said. "In fact it was his wife and her many gay friends who convinced him to do it.”
As for any gay cricketers who still haven’t opened up about their sexuality, Anderson has this perspective on the sport: “If there are any gay cricketers, they should feel confident enough to come out, because I don’t think there is homophobia in cricket.”