A ruling party lawmaker on Wednesday criticised Pakistani cricketers for promoting a negative image of the country by doing push-ups on field after a match win, prompting the cricket board to discontinue such practice.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Rana Afzal Khan raised the issue during meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Sports. The Express Tribune reported that Khan said the players should perform "nafl prayers or do sajdas" rather than push-ups.
He said cricket is "a gentleman's game" and the act of doing push-ups does not reflect the calibre of the sport. "Push-up celebration promotes a negative image of Pakistan and needs to be revisited," Khan said.
ICC and PCB offical Najam Sethi did take to Twitter to clarify that there was no such 'ban'.
Oh for God's sake, there is no ban on pushups! In fact I think players should do 100 pushups when they score a century!! 👍— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) October 26, 2016
But Twitter went nuts over these comments made by the Pakistan government.
How is banning something democratic? Love push-ups or hate them, it's the players' choice not yours.— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) October 26, 2016
Answer to everything u don't understand; ignore it or ban it. Well done 👏👏👏— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) October 26, 2016
War within and beyond the borders, and so far the government has stopped a journo from travelling and questioned push-ups...— Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal) October 26, 2016
History Teacher: So children, after 61 people died in Quetta in 2016, government took serious measures and banned push-ups.— Junaid Akram (@june_aid) October 26, 2016
Now that govt has solved the #pushups problem People of Pakistan anxiously waiting 4 relief in the matter of sit ups,chin ups & leg raises.— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) October 26, 2016
With PTI inputs