The Pakistan cricket team has been barred by their cricket board from performing celebratory push-ups after winning matches, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi told Pakistan’s National Assembly Committee on Wednesday.
Pakistani daily Dawn reported that Sethi’s revelation came as lawmakers raised questions during a meeting of the Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee over the cricket team performing push-ups after victory in international matches.
The push-ups were first performed by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq when he completed his century on the opening day of the first Test against England in July, and the gesture was repeated by the entire team upon their victory at Lord’s.
“Who were Misbah-ul-Haq and other players giving a message to by doing push-ups?” asked Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Muhammad Afzal.
He wondered why the players did push-ups when the team won and were silent when it lost.
Another PML-N leader, Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad, opined that while physical movement was a healthy activity, “it would have been better if the players offered nawafil (special prayers) instead of doing push-ups on the victory”.
Sethi told the committee that Misbah had performed the push-ups to show off his fitness after completing a century, which was later followed by other players.
The players had done push-ups following their pre-tour boot camp with the Pakistan Army but “this activity has been stopped now”, he told the committee.
On being asked by the media about the push-ups, Test captain Misbah told reporters, “We did a camp in Abbottabad before the skill camp in Lahore, and we used to do an honour code every time, we just stepped into the ground and did ten push-ups. And I promised them, if ever I score a hundred, I will definitely do that to remind you that we were there.”