Pakistan's star fast bowler Naseem Shah achieved a big feat at the age of just 19 as he was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of Balochistan Police and honored with the DSP rank. Naseem was given an honorary degree, with a special function being organized to honor him at the Quetta's IG Balochistan Police Office, eventually winning hearts as he was seen in a police uniform as well.
The young talented Pakistani pacer opened up on the same and said that the NCA protect the state selflessly day in and out. Further, Naseem added that he gets to perform poorly when he does not take enough rest at night prior to match days, highlighting NCA's night duties. The right-armer expressed his gratitude for being conferred with the honorary degree and getting appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of Balochistan Police.
"Those appointed with us at the NCA stay awake at night to protect us. I cannot even function if I do not get a good night's rest. I have immense respect for the police and am deeply grateful for their assistance," Naseem was quoted as saying during the program.
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Naseem is not the first Pakistani bowler to be given this honor. In July 2022, Shaheen Shah Afridi was named as the Goodwill Ambassador of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police. Talking about Naseem’s performance, he can constantly bowl at a speed of 150 kilometers per hour as he went on to impress many fans and former cricketers his performance in the 20-20 World Cup and the series played in Pakistan. Naseem bowled brilliantly against India in the Asia Cup as well, as he toyed with the Indian batters during the Super Four round clash.
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Like Naseem, many players in India have been given honorary titles. Kapil Dev, the captain of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, was given the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the army. Sachin Tendulkar was made Group Captain in the Indian Air Force in 2010. At the same time, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the team that won the World Cup in 2011, got the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army.
Meanwhile, Naseem was recently involved in a controversial incident with Pakistani batter Azam Khan in Bangladesh Premier League. Naseem was seen deliberately colliding with Azam, anguished by which, Azam pushed him away. The young pacer started laughing, followed and imitated Azam’s walk, in a deliberate attempt to provoke Azam, but the latter did not lose his temper. Both players will be seen playing in the upcoming season of PSL which is going to start on February 13.