Herschelle Gibbs, former South African cricketer has revealed in his autobiography, To the Point that he has been offered a “lucrative role” in a Bollywood movie.
“A totally unexpected surprise came my way recently when I was offered a role in a Bollywood movie that will start filming at the end of May 2011. I’m not sure what the part is or what I’m supposed to do, but my agent has told me it’s very good money for only a day’s work,” Gibbs wrote in his book.
Saying that “India is always full of surprises”, Gibbs says that he is not interested in playing a negative character and would first find out more about what his role entails. He wrote, “Playing a bad-boy cricketer who gets involved in a match-fixing probably won’t be the smartest career move.”
Gibbs has said that he loves going back to India. The former Proteas batsman stayed away from the country for about five years in fear of being arrested by Indian police, who wanted to question him about his role in the 2000 Hansie Cronje match-fixing debacle. “I always used to love coming back to India as it is – especially after the match-fixing issue was settled and I knew I wasn’t going to be arrested the minute I set foot in the country,” he said.
The autobiography has caused a great deal of controversy in which the veteran batsman has made “startling revelations”, the main one being of his sexual escapades while on tour with the South African cricket team in Australia. He also revealed behind the scenes of the 2001 dope-smoking scandal in the Caribbean.
The controversy has gone legal, with South Africa’s cricket board asking its legal counsel to investigate the allegations that were made.