AB de Villiers has announced plans to release his autobiography in November this year.
It is a somewhat strange announcement by South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year since he still has quite a few years left at the highest level, which begs the question: just how revealing this new book, titled AB: The Autobiography, will be.
Publishers Pan Macmillan said the book will be released in English and Afrikaans locally and in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and India.
De Villiers was quoted as saying: ‘For me, playing for South Africa through the past 11 seasons has been a fantastic privilege, from my debut against the West Indies right through to all the drama of the 2015 Cricket World Cup semifinal against New Zealand a few months ago, and I am looking forward to telling my story.’
Autobiographies usually need a few controversial selling points to get people to buy it, but De Villiers will be taking a big risk if he reveals sensitive behind-the-scenes information while still an active player for the Proteas and as captain of the ODI team.
Much controversy surrounded South Africa’s World Cup semi-final exit at the hands of New Zealand, after reports of political interference in team selection surfaced.
Reports claimed that the team management was forced to pick an allegedly unfit Vernon Philander ahead of Kyle Abbott, and that both De Villiers and Philander was so upset by the decision that both threatened not to play.
It will be interesting to see how De Villiers handles this saga in his autobiography.
The book will be released a month before South Africa take on England in a home series starting in December.