Sir Curtly Ambrose, the Antigua and West Indies fast bowling icon, will launch his autobiography in his homeland, this weekend.
The book, which will characterize his 98-Test career for West Indies between 1988 and 2000, will be entitled Time to Talk, playing to the beanpole speedster’s motto during his career that “Curtly talks to no man”.
A gala book launch and signing is slated for tomorrow evening at Sandals property on the island’s north coast. It will form an unofficial part of the build-up to the three-Test series between West Indies and England, which bowls off on Monday at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.
“I felt now is certainly the right time to do a book about my cricketing exploits,” Sir Curtly said.
“I know it will make wonderful reading and also to show the youngsters across the West Indies that if you put your mind to something and work really hard you can achieve it.
“All through my career I preached hard work, discipline and commitment and I was able to reap the rewards.”
The book is set around Sir Curtly’s illustrious career and gives insight into his early days and his overall development. He took 405 wickets in Tests and another 225 in 176 One-Day Internationals.
He also delves into his time as the leading bowler in world cricket when the West Indies ruled the game.
The books has two forewords. One is written by Steve Waugh, the legendary Australia captain, who had many bruising battles with Sir Curtly. The other is penned by and Richie Benaud—the former Australia captain and iconic commentator.
Sir Curtly currently serves as the bowling consultant for the West Indies team.