Wasim stated the decision "had nothing to do with management" and was "solely [Shaheen's] decision," warning players in general that when it came to picking which format to prioritize, they had to decide "if you want to be a great at the game or do you want to be a millionaire."
Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan feels that current players don’t believe in idolising or comparing themselves with their heroes that have played in previous sides.
“People come and tell us your generation had amazing players. My personal opinion is that we used to idolise great players who came before us,” Moin told his former captain Wasim Akram in a video uploaded on BSport Pakistan’s YouTube channel.
“We tried to reach their standard and set the bar high for ourselves. Nowadays, players tend not to compare their performances against others. Maybe they are just playing for themselves, that could be one of the reasons. Also, there are lot of cricketers these days due to T20 cricket so consistency is a bit difficult for players these days,” said Moin.
Wasim said that his aim when he first broke into the team was to consistently take more wickets than captain Imran Khan.
“When I broke into the team, my aim was to take more wickets than Imran Khan. When you came into the team your mindset must be to take more catches and effect more stumpings than your heroes,” Akram said.
Moin said that it was the same with Inzamam-ul-Haq, with whom he used to share rooms.
“I used to idolise my heroes what they used to do. How many catches they had, how they used to play. How much hard work I will have to put in to beat their mark. Inzamam-ul-Haq, my roommate, he was also the same. He used to say ‘he has scored these many runs and now I will have to score more’,” Moin said.