Pushups Controversy, please do not kill our Inner Child! #54

In this troubled world, there are fewer moments of joy left for public. Sports are always considered a healthy activity and teams dominating sports become source of lifting their people. After decline of many sports in Pakistan, cricket now remains as sole source of entertainment which is followed from all segments of our society. Dipped with premium performance; when our cricketers smile, we all smile with them. We have often seen our cricketers doing Sajda after achieving centuries,5 wickets hauls and victories. We all got electrified when Waqar Younis used to celebrate clean bowleds in his own roaring way. We all got that bird’s feeling while Shoaib Akhter celebrated his wickets spreading both arms like a bird. Shahid Afridi’s own style of standing with raised open arms became very popular all over the world.

 

When Misbah-ul-haq celebrated his ton in a unique style by saluting and doing pushups thereafter; we felt a strange delight. “Hey you all out there; look I am still young at the age of 42, I am not exhausted at 100 runs and I want much more” this was a first impression that many got until he further explained it later in the day.

 

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Misbah said that his hundred was dedicated to the instructors at an army boot camp in Abbottabad where his team spent two weeks training before flying to England.“That was my promise to the army guys when we did our training camp,” he said. “We used to have an honor code where we were told to step into the ground and do ten pushups. I promised them whenever I got hundred I would do that to remind them (Army) we were there. That was for them and the salute was for the (Pakistan) flag. That was what they asked us to do so I did it for them.”

 

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After winning the first test at Lords, whole Pakistani team got lined up in the ground and celebrated their victory with 5 pushups which was cheered all over the world. Captain further explained this at the post match press conference “They(our team) sent this small tribute to all those army men who were working really hard with us at the boot camp so it’s a good message and one thing that we learned from them; those army people they are not getting much salaries but for this flag, for Pakistani nation, for Pakistan they want to sacrifice their lives so that’s a big motivation for all of us and I think everybody is now putting effort for that flag and nation and really try give their 100% and try to win all the games”.

 

 

This further jubilated the nation who felt more proud and connected with armed forces who showed their metal turning over a losing squad into winning; very much evident from the social media posts/speech during that time. Lovely moments of team Pakistan doing celebratory pushups; everybody was so happy, emotions of nation just cannot be explained in words. I myself replayed those pushups many times to pump myself!

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Until last week when the National Assembly standing committee objected to press-ups performed by the Pakistan team players after victory and even asked ‘whom did the players were giving message with those push-ups.”
Rana Muhammad Afzal of the NA committee raised quite an unusual objection, saying players did push-ups after the triumph and remained silent after the defeat. “What’s actually the matter,” he asked.

Above statements raised anger among the public as these were such meaningless questions; Misbah had already explained the story behind all that. Social media trolled the government in their own style and we saw their mockery all over the place”
People reacted in many ways as:

 

Pakistani Democracy, So Insecure that 11 men doing #Pushups can “Lahaq Khatra” to it. What If They Start Doing This Again. #PakFaujZindabad

 

Nation is burning out because of terrorism, NAP is napping, NACTA is dead, corruption is legendary but #pushups banning is an urgent threat.

 

New danger to the Democracy #Pushups

 

Misbah bravely reacted and said players can still celebrate in whatever manner they want. “It was simple and there was no controversy in our minds,” he said. “It’s (up to) everyone’s discretion, but we know there is no negative thing in our minds.

 

Whether it was directly ordered from somewhere OR the minister tried to become ‘Shah se ziada Shah ka wafadar’ the whole episode just bring another chapter of disgrace to the government. Mr. Nawaz Sharif should keep a close check on such people. There are so lean chances of happiness left in our lives, why do you want to steal them too? Why are you so insecure? Doing #pushups does not mean anybody is trying to sack Jamhooriyat and bring dictatorship. We want to see them play and raise the flag, we want to dance with them; please do not kill our inner child, please!!!

I hope that team Pakistan will continue to win more, cheer up the grounds much more and such useless objections will do nothing but glorify the Green boys and their #pushups!

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Choked Pak-India Series: 1 Series AUR 100 Afsanay #47

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Current trail of efforts for Pak-India cricket series has lead us to a cycle of trickery and false hopes from India. They did not produced appropriate measures to fulfill their commitment for a Pakistan’s home series outside Pakistan. At first, BCCI proposed to play limited over series in India which was not accepted from our side on principle. Then the UAE option was refused from India. Shaharyar Khan’s Visit was sabotaged by Shiv Sena activists in Mumbai. Then somehow they calmed down and Option of Sri-Lanka came our way. Strightaway, Indian media started to politicize the matter by airing some really extremist people against Pakistan. People started guessing if the matter was a part of Sharif-Modi brief discussion in Paris. Speculations were high when Indian Foreign Minister lately visited Pakistan for attending “Heat of Asia Conference” but all hopes shattered as there not even a slight indication on this series.

Surprisingly, PCB has shown sheer optimism towards India even after getting a strict & disgraceful treatment; they keep on raising their voices of lean hopes even coming up with shorter series options. PCB’s Chairman Shaharyar Khan should get a special award of “Unbreakable Hope” at the end of this drama. After bashing of PCB and Pakistani players all over the years, our officials still seem to miss the trick and keep on getting humiliated. It is definitely Politics and not sportsmanship; the Ball got stuck in the Indian Government’s Court with perfect Glue and we were left guessing that Large Modi Smile other night in meeting with Imran Khan. We should learn from past politics and enormous damage done to Pakistan from Indian side.

The most visible reason for this desperation is atrocious financial situation of PCB. There is high probability that PCB was relying on this series to execute PSL and subsequently get their financial affairs moving. Relying on hostile country like India is really a matter beyond comprehension. Why we always remain on the receiving end and do not adopt aggressive policies based on fairness and dignity? With well thought of policies, PCB can still become a profitable unit. From the auction of teams in PSL, we can see how positively Local brands welcomed the event.  If we carry out things with focus & thinking outside the Box with self confidence; I am quite sure there will be all smiles our way.

Pakistan cricket will certainly not die if we do not play India. Answer to be given in same strong language especially when situation in Pakistan is much better then mess (of religious extremism) in India. Wise people always keep alternative options in their bags. After this sneaky attitude from India, alternatives should have been considered rather than begging them to play with us. There are other good teams like Sri-Lanka who always support Pakistan. Teams like Zimbabwe and Afghanistan would be more than happy to play with us even inside Pakistan.

After observing doubtful situation over Pak-India series, PCB should have raised this matter much strongly in ICC to show concerns on unfulfilled promises and attached financial loss. I personally fell that Pakistan should develop a strong pressure group with Sri-Lanka, West Indies and South Africa to raise their voice against the injustices imposed on International cricket by the Big-three.

Respect, Honor and Dignity are far above weighted than gains and profits in the world. It is very sorry to say that “Mr. Shaharyar Khan, by virtue of over-receptive attitude; you and PCB are not depicting true honored face of Pakistan and become a source of embarrassment for our nation”.

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This article was published at following in 12 December, 2015

http://arysports.tv/choked-pak-india-series-1-series-aur-100-afsanay/

Choked Pak-India Series: 1 Series AUR 100 Afsanay

http://pakistanheadlines.com/2015/12/12/choked-pak-india-series-1-series-aur-100-afsanay/

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