London: England cricketer James Anderson has become the first professional player to feature on the cover page of gay magazine Attitude.
Good-looking Anderson posed nude for October`s issue of the magazine and insisted that there was no homophobia in the game.
"There`s a perception of lots of committees and old men being quite prim and proper, but I think the game is moving with the times. From my point of view, I think doing this could be fantastic for cricket. Hopefully this will attract a new sort of fan," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
"If there are any gay cricketers, they should feel confident enough to come out, because I don`t think there is homophobia in cricket. Cricket fans are generally there to watch the game and support their team," he added, further co-relating the cricket and gay men involvement in the game.
Matthew Todd, Attitude`s editor, was also all praise for the cricketer`s decision, as he believes that it would send a strong signal that sportsmen can be comfortable with homosexuality among team-mates and fans.