Melbourne, Jun 29: He dominated international cricket with his explosive batting and now former Australian player Adam Gilchrist is set to try his hand at business after taking over as Director of a Perth based Sandalwood company, which is looking to foray into India.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was today appointed as director of TFS Corporation, a company which operates sandalwood plantations in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The company had last year appointed the veteran as a "global ambassador", dubbing him as "a rock star" on the sub-continent.
Gilchrist said his fame as a cricketer will be a bonus when he is engaged in business in India.
"It certainly helps the first five minutes of any meeting," said the former Test cricketer.
Gilchrist said he had visited India each year for about the past 15 years, and had a reasonable understanding of how business was done there.
"There's a perception from outside India from people who haven't been there, or haven't dealt with business in India, that it's all doom and gloom, nothing can get done, and it's all hard work," Gilchrist was quoted as saying by the AAP.
"But I beg to differ... like in any game, if you've got a sturdy business and sound foundation to work from, and there's a negotiation that's required, things can get done and get done well," he insisted.
Gilchrist was last seen in action for Kings XI Punjab during the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).