Tino Best © AFP
Tino Best © AFP

West Indies pace bowler Tino Best, whose autobiography ‘Mind the Windows’ released recently, spoke about some of the chapters of his book. There was one particular section where he spoke about having slept with between 500 and 650 women in his lifetime which gained widespread attention. Best said that he felt his story needed to be told because he felt it could be inspirational to the youth of Barbados, from where Best hails. Best revealed in an interview that he decided to write the book six years ago. READ: Tino Best reveals he has slept with 500-650 women in his autobiography, ‘Mind the Windows’

Speaking to Wisden India, Best said, “I felt that my story was one that needed to be told…Where I came from, and to look at what I have achieved, I think it can be an inspirational story for a lot of the young guys growing up.”

Speaking about his controversial claim of having slept with over 500 women, Best said, “I thought of writing the book about six years ago, when I started to change my life in terms of my promiscuousness on tours and around the time when I thought of setting a proper example for my son. Life is not a fairy tale, and I wanted to be honest, I didn’t want to hide anything. I didn’t mind people judging me but when they look at me, at least they will say ‘yes, he is an honest guy.’”

Defending himself further Best went on to say, “I was in Barbados when I first heard about it, and I was laughing. I was like ‘oh my god, they are going crazy with that’. So, immediately, I made sure I tweeted and Facebooked saying ‘listen, just easy with the criticism, man’. This is a story about me when I was 27, that’s eight years ago. I am telling you the story of an immature kid becoming a man. Everyone has a story. People are going to criticise me no matter what, like they always have. But, at the end of the day, I am who I am, and I love who I am.”