ZIMBABWE cricket legend Tatenda Taibu will launch his autobiography “Keeper of Faith” in Liverpool England on Easter Monday (April 22), less than two weeks after launching a cricket academy in Harare recently.
The 35-year-old legendary wicketkeeper/batsman, who played 28 Tests and 150 ODIs, launched the Bill Flower Cricket Academy at Alexandra Sports Club in Harare which he named in honor the former cricket development coach and father of legendary brothers Grant and Andy Flower.
Taibu is now expected to host the official unveiling and book signing of his first autobiography “Keeper of Faith” which will be held at the Liverpool-based Formby Cricket Club, where he is currently contracted as player/coach.
The autobiography written in collaboration with British author Jack Gordon Brown is expected to be available on Amazon on May 23.
Taibu said he was excited with the launch of the much waited book.
“My autobiography, Keeper of Faith, is going to be launched on Easter Monday in Liverpool. We just did the final bits last week where we were choosing the pictures and finalising the cover. The whole book has been done and the foreword was done by Andy Flower,” he said.
Taibu said the autobiography, which he started working on three years ago, focuses on his upbringing, his early breakthrough into international cricket as an 18-year-old and early retirement at the age of 29.
“It touches pretty much on all the high points of my life thus far. It touches on growing up, the cricket side of things, the politics, events what happened when I decided to leave cricket for two years, the politics around that. It talks of the comeback, IPL (Indian Premier League) and my decision to leave cricket on a religious calling and what happened during that period and my subsequent return.
“I am really happy that I started this project in 2015 and it’s coming to fruition, so I’m really looking forward to the final piece and the launch, which I believe will be quite good,” Taibu said.
Taibu completed a comeback season to professional cricket in Sri Lanka last year, six years after initially retiring from international cricket in 2012 at age 29.
He featured for the Sri Lankan domestic side Baduraliya CC during the just ended first-class season, where he put in a number of good performances with the bat and behind the stumps.
After the conclusion of the Sri Lankan first-class season, Taibu will return to action with the Liverpool-based Formby Cricket Club as player/coach.