Pakistan cricketers barred from doing push-ups and press-ups, here’s why

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has barred players from performing push-ups and press-ups in celebrations.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 26, 2016 7:13 pm
Misbah-ul-Haq, Misbah-ul-Haq hundred, Misbah-ul-Haq lords hundred, Misbah lords hundred, Misbah hundred at lords, Misbah pakistan army, cricket Misbah-ul-Haq did ten push-ups after hitting his 10th Test hundred – first at Lord’s. (Source: Reuters)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has barred the players from doing push-ups or press-ups after wins with the Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee raising the issue post their 133 run win against West Indies in Abu Dhabi. The win also sealed an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. PCB chief Najam Sethi confirmed to the National Assembly committee that the players would now not celebrate in the said manner.

Lawmakers had raised questions over the team’s celebrations at Lord’s against England and then Azahr Ali against West Indies after scoring 300.

However the theme started with Misbah-ul-Haq performing push-ups at Lord’s in the first Test against England after scoring a century and the team followed that up with a collective effort at the winning mark.

“Who were Misbah-ul-Haq and other players giving a message to by doing push-ups?,” Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Rana Muhammad Afzal was reported to have asked. He further wondered why the push-ups were done only after the win and not after losses – if they were indeed a show of fitness by the team.

Another PML-N MNA, Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad believed “it would have been better if the players offered nawafil (special prayers) instead of doing press-ups on the victory,” the report claimed.

Sethi said the activity has been stopped with the players trying to show their improved fitness since a pre-tour camp with the Pakistan Army. The team was pushed to conduct themselves better physically with the team not in the best of physical conditions.

Misbah said the unique celebrations were a mark of respect and promise to the Army. “That was my promise to the army guys,” he had said at the post-match press conference.

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    Sourav Mukherjee
    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm
    country, code of conduct and religious beliefs. Modi will do the push and press both 😂😂😂😂
    1. Faraz Ansari
      Oct 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm
      When expressions are held back, explosions occur. Unfortunately!
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        O Sajid
        Oct 26, 2016 at 4:09 pm
        In stan they can make big issue of trivial things. Raai Ka Pahaar experts.
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          shardul jani
          Oct 27, 2016 at 5:30 am
          what has push-ups to do with army???? the s are a sick tribe wedded to their terrorists and army
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