England cricketer Jimmy Anderson has posed nude for next month’s Attitude magazine.
The married player, 28, said there was no homophobia in the game and urged gay players to come out.
He told AFP: “If there are any gay cricketers, they should feel confident enough to come out, because I don’t think there is homophobia in cricket.
“Football fans can be quite abusive and quite harsh, and cricket fans can be like that sometimes, but they are generally quite placid and there to watch the game and support their team.”
Anderson, who plays for Lancashire County, added that he hoped the feature would encourage new fans to the sport.
Attitude editor Matthew Todd said: “Jimmy is obviously completely comfortable in his own sexuality to appear naked in a gay magazine.
“In fact it was his wife [Daniella] and her many gay friends who convinced him to do it. We’re very grateful to her.”
The October issue of Attitude comes out on September 21st.