No ban on push-ups, clarifies Najam Sethi

Published: October 26, 2016

Hours after a parliamentary committee on Wednesday expressed reservations over cricket players doing push-ups to celebrate victories during matches, chairman of PCB’s Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi clarified that the celebrations were done at the discretion of players.

Clarifying media reports, Sethi further said there was no ban on performing celebratory push-ups.


However, the statement contradicts Sethi’s reported assurances to the parliamentary committee in which he said the practice was limited to the England tour and would not happen again.

How do you think cricket players should celebrate victories?

     View Results

Polls are non-scientific, reflect only the online audience and can be manipulated.
 Loading ...

Sethi also went on to add that the media should refrain from politicising the country’s national cricket team. He also appreciated the Pakistan Army for providing fitness training facilities to the PCB.

Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Rana Afzal raised the issue, saying players should perform nafl prayers or do sajdas rather than push-ups. Push-ups became a popular mode of celebrating personal feats among Pakistani players during their tour of England following their training camp with the Pakistan Army.

However, the PML-N MNA 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.

Sindh sports minister does 50 push-ups, challenges Punjab counterpart

To this, PCB official Sethi assured that players no longer celebrate victories with push-ups. “It only happened during the England tour and won’t happen again,” Sethi said.

The trend was started by Test captain Misbahul Haq, who performed push-ups at Lord’s after his first ton of English soil.

Dear Sindh sports minister, that’s not a push-up

Misbah later said: “The celebrations were nothing to do with England, only a gesture for those we worked with.”

After Lord’s victory, members of the national side also performed push-ups to celebrate.

And the exercise was again performed later in the series by Azhar Ali for his century and by Sohail Khan for his five-for.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (14)

  • Wali
    Oct 26, 2016 - 1:33PM

    Really…shouldn’t the senator and the standing committee concentrate on improving the desperate standard of sports rather than be fixated with how cricketers celebrate a personal milestone. No wonder we are where we are!Recommend

  • JA
    Oct 26, 2016 - 1:44PM

    Wow! what a important matter is being discussed in senateRecommend

  • salman
    Oct 26, 2016 - 2:04PM

    PMLN are of course jealous of the gesture shown by Pakistani team to the Army. They cannot see any credit going to them for a second.Recommend

  • terba
    Oct 26, 2016 - 2:08PM

    What does PMLN know of sports?? A cricketer can choose whatever way he wants to to celebrate his/her achievement. Do bowlers celebrate the same way they used to back in the 50’s or 60’s or 70’s or 80’s? No they don’t. That’s because the game is evolving, like everything else around us. PMLN is only living in the past.Recommend

  • Hamza
    Oct 26, 2016 - 3:10PM

    What a negative and limited thinking of PMLN…
    I dont think this promote negative image of Pakistan…Recommend

  • FAZ
    Oct 26, 2016 - 3:16PM


  • Usain
    Oct 26, 2016 - 3:49PM

    More than anything political, it looked very silly and cult-like. Recommend

  • ABC
    Oct 26, 2016 - 3:50PM

    An Act of Cheap PublicityRecommend

  • Usain
    Oct 26, 2016 - 3:50PM

    @salman: Do you think doing push-ups and drills helped the team to win cricket matches? Get real man !Recommend

  • Sameer
    Oct 26, 2016 - 4:11PM

    Put religion into the most stupid thing and people will start making sense of it….Recommend

  • ABC
    Oct 26, 2016 - 4:12PM

    They won against another nation on their ground and they have every right to celebrate however they want. What has PML-N done for this nation? Where have they been victories? Recommend

  • Anon
    Oct 26, 2016 - 4:55PM

    @Usain: Yea! Whoever heard of fitness having anything to do with sports?!Recommend

  • Amir
    Oct 26, 2016 - 7:11PM

    This is Pakistan where we discuss non issues !!! Height of stupidity !!!Recommend

  • abhi
    Oct 26, 2016 - 7:31PM

    We should investigate if push ups are islamic?Recommend

More in Pakistan