Proteas bowler Wayne Parnell has become the youngest South African cricketer to be awarded a national contract.
Parnell is currently involved with the one-day team after making his debuts against Australia in the T20 and ODI formats earlier in the season. Although Parnell is described as a future all-rounder, his batting has a long way to go before he will make an impact in the international arena in this area.
‘At 19 years old, Wayne Parnell is the youngest player to be awarded a CSA contract and there are very good reasons for this,’ said CSA CEO Gerald Majola.
‘Wayne has come through the CSA structures since he played Bakers Mini Cricket as a 10-year-old, and has always shown that he is capable of converting his considerable talent into results,’ added Majola.
‘Last season, he led the SA U19 team to the finals of the ICC U19 World Cup and was one of the best players at the tournament.
‘He has continued to impress since being included in the Proteas’ ranks this season. His fast left-arm swing bowling, very useful lower-order batting and excellent temperament will make him a Proteas asset for years to come.’
Convener of selectors Mike Procter also lauded the Warriors all-rounder.
‘We have identified Wayne as one for the future,’ said Procter, ‘and I have been absolutely delighted with the progress he has made in the very short time he has been with the Proteas. The more he is involved with the various national squads the more it will benefit his game in the long term.’
Parnell admitted the rise to the top had come quicker than expected.
‘I was still at school 15 months ago,’ said Parnell, ‘and, although I have always had ambitions of playing for South Africa somewhere down the line, I never imagined that it could happen so quickly.’