UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan's star all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who has demolished many bowlers and batsmen in his electrifying cricketing career, will now take on drug abuse his new role as National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Vienna-based UN agency.  “I have never done anything by halves and I will give my all to my new role of National Goodwill Ambassador,” Afridi, the former captain of Pakistan national, said on accepting his two-year assignment.

"I hate to see drugs ruin the lives of young people. If I can convince just one boy or girl to turn away from drugs I will be proud,” he added.

UNODC said it selected "Boom-boom Afridi" -- as he is affectionately known to his legions of fans -- to be the UN agency's Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of his "outstanding" sporting record.