South African cricketer reverts to Islam
South African cricketer Wayne Parnell as reverted to Islam.
The promising Warriors left-arm seam bowler confirmed in a statement that he reverted in January, “after a period of personal study and reflection”.
Port Elizabeth-born Parnell, 22, said: “While I have not yet decided on an Islamic name I have considered the name Waleed which means Newborn Son, but for now my name remains Wayne Dillon Parnell.
“I will continue to respect the team’s endorsement of alcoholic beverages. I am playing cricket in Sussex and this is my immediate focus.
“As I am approaching my first period of fasting, I ask that this special time is treated with respect.
“I am a young man, a professional cricketer by trade, and while I can appreciate and am grateful for the public interest in my personal life, my faith choice is a matter which I would like to keep private.”
His manager Donne Commins told Sport24 she had never realised his conversion would generate so much interest.
“There’s certainly nothing to extract that’s in any way ‘negative’ about it,” she said.
“Personally I think it’s fantastic: as with anything in life, if there’s something that guides you it’s wonderful.
“It suits Wayne’s personality, he’s an emotionally-intelligent, switched-on guy. Many of his close friends are Muslims.”
Parnell has played 3 Tests, 19 ODIs & 11 20/20 matches for SA.