Wayne Parnell, the South Africa left-arm seamer, has converted to Islam after a period of personal study and reflection.
Wayne Parnell said, “There has been a lot of speculation in the media recently about my conversion to Islam. Although this is a personal matter for me, for the sake of clarity, I would like to confirm some of the facts.”
“I converted to Islam in January 2011, after a period of personal study and reflection and it is a faith that I have always been interested in.”
Parnell has not decided on a Muslim name yet and will still be known as Wayne Dillon.
“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”, said Parnell.
Parnell confirmed that he will continue to respect the team’s endorsement of alcoholic beverages.
“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”, He added.
“I am a young man, a professional cricketer by trade and while I can appreciate and am grateful for the publics’ interest in my personal life, my faith choice is a matter which I would like to keep private.”