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Schmoozing McCullum aids trade ties


Former Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum could easily slip into the role of trade ambassador but admits he's better and forging ties than tying them.

The 35-year-old, who retired from Test cricket earlier this year but still plays in the Indian Premier League T20 competition, was one of the VIPs invited along on Prime Minister John Key's business delegation to India this week.

He didn't mind his name being dropped by the PM in the cricket-mad country.

"If I can add any value that's what I am here for," he told reporters towards the end of the trip.

"It's been awesome to be part of it actually. I've come to India so many times but to see India in a different like is quite amazing."

"It's been well received too, I believe, from India and they have been very accommodating to us."

McCullum is involved with two business, cricket scoring app maker CricHQ and Quality NZ, which exports high-end products (and which also involves other former cricketers Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori and Sir Richard Hadlee).

McCullum said the two businesses now had traction in India.

"I am sure many other businesses around New Zealand are trying to do the same sort of stuff."

McCullum admitted his role on the trip had simply involved a lot of schmoozing.

"I haven't actually passed on too much business advice because I am very much learning myself.

"I've attend quite a few of the events, which has been good fun. I had to get the prime minister to tie my tie the other day because I'm obviously not that good at it."

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