The sullied cricketer, who got the wrong end of the BCCI's stick when he blew the whistle on match-fixing by alleging that legendary Kapil Dev had taken money from bookies to fix matches, organised a beautician course-cum-seminar at a city hotel here to promote 'Naturence', a brand name for more than 100 herbal products on Naturence Research Labs (P) Ltd., the company he owns.
The seminar drew more than 120 beauticians from the hills of Darjeeling, Sikkim and parts of North Bengal. Accompanied by his wife Farheen Prabhakar, the disgraced cricketer today said he started aromatic therapy with herbal products for survival as his cricketing wings were clipped by BCCI.
"As (BCCI) imposed a ban on me in 1996, I started aromatic therapy with herbal products to continue my life for survival as no one was willing to take my cricketing experience either in the field or from outside because of the ban. I know where I stand today and I am sure success will come to me after realising the importance of aroma therapy and other natural therapies" said the former pace spearhead.
The former India cricketer also claimed to have gone through the beautician courses after 1996 and said he had conducted now more than 1200 beautician courses and seminars in the past eight years for promotion of their products countrywide.