In the July of 1989, a little boy was born in the city of Port Elizabeth, which no one knew, would once spearhead the bowling attack of the South African cricket team. He was named Wayne Dillion Parnell. He was the youngest of all siblings, with an age gap of 7 years between him and his elder sibling. Wayne’s career dream was to don the colors of the flag on his jersey and to play cricket for the country. He is very calm and composed and yearned to be a studious one.
He attended school in Port Elizabeth, which goes by the name, Grey High School and completed his matriculation from there itself. He continued to stay in Port Elizabeth and undertook Human Resource Management till the year 2009, at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Just when he had completed schooling, he went down the path of becoming a cricketer. He made his domestic cricket debut, for the Eastern Province in the year 2006, at 17 years of age. Post his award- winning performances, he was inducted by Kent in their county team, where he fetched 4 wickets for 78 runs in the first innings, and also scored his maiden county fifty with a top score of 69 in the second innings.
Following his consistent knocks and bowling stats, he was selected in the National Cricket Team of South Africa in 2009, to be a part of the ODI and T20 teams. He was the youngest cricketer to be awarded a contract in the national team. He is called “Pigeon” by his teammates. Later on, he was also chosen as a member of the National test squad in 2010.
Wayne converted to Islam in July 2011, after a brief period of study. It was alleged that his Muslim teammates, Imran Tahir & Hashim Amla, were monumental in this decision, but Wayne later rejected such claims. Post his conversion, he tied the knot with South African fashion blogger, Aisha Barker in the year 2014. The wedding ceremony was attended by his near and dear ones, in the Zeenatul Islam Mosque, Cape Town.
Wayne Parnell Net Worth
Wayne Parnell has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million US dollar as of 2017. His successful stints in Australia and Bangladesh tours earned him a lot of respect and reward. His monthly match fees are currently 110,000 ZAR (South African Rand), which has helped him reach a NetWorth of 132,000,000 ZAR, equivalent to the US $ 10.1 million. This is from the incomefile.com source.
In his early days of cricket, he won the Khaya Majola U19 Player of the Tournament, held by Coca-Cola and also won the CSA U19 Cricketer of the Year. Both these awards were while representing Eastern Province. His performances in the later part of his cricket journey earned him a spot in World Team of the Tournament. He also won the golden ball in the ICC Champions Trophy of 2009, where he took 11 wickets.
While taking a break from the international cricket, Wayne became a part of Delhi Daredevils, a team in Indian Premier League, later on switching to Pune Warriors and Cape Cobras, which played for Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
His career best performance in ODI cricket was in 2009 when he notched up a 5-wicket haul against the Kiwis, New Zealand at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. He continued his spitfire bowling season at the ICC World T20 Match against England, where he took a match-winning 4 wickets for a mere 13 runs.
Parnell is currently playing a series in New Zealand away from home, after a successful string of performances against Sri Lanka. He was also released mid-way from the series, to play for Cape Cobras in a first-class match against Highveld Lions. He is having a fun time with his wife, Aisha Barker. He has also appeared in PETA campaigns, where he says NO to animal imprisonment in zoos.
At such a young age, Wayne has achieved a lot. It’s a long way to go for Parnell, and it is evident, that once he retires from international cricket, he shall be remembered as a legend of the game. We would love to see his consistent performances and hope that injuries don’t mar his shining career ahead.