South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell has been linked to an English county, ahead of this year’s Natwest T20 Blast.
Parnell, who was released by the Delhi Daredevils earlier this year and was not hired by any other franchise for the ongoing Indian Premier League, would be available for the bulk of the T20 Blast, which will start on 12 May.
Potential participation in the Proteas’ tour of Bangladesh, which will commence in early July, might limit his stay in England’s premier domestic Twenty20 tournament, though.
‘Wayne is in talks with a county at the moment, to play in the Natwest T20 Blast. But we are not at liberty yet to confirm the county,’ Parnell’s agent, Donne Commins, told SA Cricket magazine.
Glamorgan are probably Parnell’s suitor. While Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire have signed Pakistani Shahid Afridi, New Zealander Brendon McCullum, Ausrtalian Glenn Maxwell and West Indian Darren Sammy respectively, Glamorgan have space for Parnell alongside fellow South Africans Jacques Rudolph and Colin Ingram.
The 25-year-old left-armer, who has never played county cricket, was selected for just one match during the World Cup in February, proving costly in defeat to India. He recently left the Eastern Cape-based Warriors franchise – and will represent the Cape Cobras next season.
‘This is really a lifestyle move. The Warriors have been great to and for him, but Cape Town is where he spends quite a bit of time now,’ added Commins.