Parnell an instant millionaire
Johann de Jager
Bloemfontein – Wayne Parnell will become an instant millionaire in spite of not bowling a single delivery in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Proteas seam bowler from the Eastern Cape returned from India with a groin injury this week, having not played a single game for the Delhi Daredevils.
So what happens to the millions he was contracted for?
Parnell's agent, Arthur Turner, said that Parnell’s contract stipulated that he would be paid out as he was injured in India.
Parnell, 20, was one of only three South Africans bought at the annual auction in Mumbai in January. The Daredevils’ bid of R4.5m, which was the third-highest at the auction, was the one accepted.
Parnell is now in a race against time to be fit for the T20 World Cup to be played in the West Indies in May.
He will visit a specialist in Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning to get some clarity on his groin, injured last Wednesday in Delhi before the Daredevils’ clash with the Mumbai Indians.
“It happened during fielding training before the game. I was injured as I threw the ball,” he said.
He has never experienced problems with his groin before and hopes an operation will not be required. And while very disappointed about the untimely injury, he said it was "Part of life”.
Prior to his departure to India, Parnell had bowled well in the Standard Bank Pro20-series for the Warriors against the Lions. Bowling with a lot of pace, it would have been interesting to see how he fared in the IPL.
Parnell now joins national captain Graeme Smith, who had to withdraw from the IPL earlier this month with an injured finger.
Proteas coach Corrie van Zyl said that they had been informed of Parnell’s injury immediately and were kept informed throughout.