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Has Haris Rauf joined police force?

Previously Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah were appointed honourary DSPs

By Alam Zeb Safi
March 28, 2023

Pakistan's fast bowler Haris Rauf on Tuesday was appointed as a goodwill ambassador and given an honorary DSP rank by the Islamabad Police.

In an exclusive conversation with Geo News, Rauf thanked Islamabad IG Dr Akbar Nasir Khan and the Islamabad police for recognising his services to Pakistan.

"I am thankful to IG and Islamabad police for making me their goodwill ambassador," he said.

"Whenever they need me, I will always be available to them," he added.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad police chief said that it was an honour for them to have Rauf as their ambassador.

"Since Haris is from Islamabad, it is an honour for us to make him our ambassador. I am confident that he will set a good image of Islamabad police," he said.

Taking to Twitter, Rauf shared his excitement and wrote: "I’m truly honoured to be appointed as a goodwill ambassador of the Islamabad Police and an even greater honour to be able to wear this uniform as our heroes who lay their lives in the line of duty!"

Rauf, who used to play tape ball cricket in Rawalpindi, rose to fame after he was picked up in open trials held by Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars.

Qalandars invested in Rauf and sent him to Australia under their player development program. He then featured in Big Bash League (BBL) before making his T20I debut for Pakistan in 2020.

Soon, Haris became the identity of Qalandars and also led Pakistan's bowling unit alongside Shaheen Shah Afridi. Currently, he is the main bowler in Pakistan's team.

Rauf alongside Shaheen also played an important role in Qalandars' back-to-back PSL title victories.

It is worth mentioning here that in February this year, fast bowler Naseem Shah has been appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of Balochistan Police.

The Balochistan police appointed Shah as the “Honorary DSP” of the police. For this appointment, a ceremony was held at the IG Balochistan Police Office, Quetta, in which the pacer was formally dressed in police uniform and ranks were also installed.

Earlier in July last year, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police appointed Shaheen as a goodwill ambassador

A special ceremony was held by the KP police in Afridi's honour, during which KP IG Moazzam Jah Ansari pinned the badges of honorary DSP on the pacer.