Parnell an instant millionaire

2010-03-24 22:45

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.


  • AJ - 2010-03-25 05:57

    I thought the IPL bought the player and then divided that in to a games played formula, that said and done he was injured whilst preparing for an IPL Game. I would have thought the contract would better protect the franchise as it is a lot to pay for no performance, although the player of course deserves something. Usually insurance would have been taken out to cover injuries, especially with a large up front payment due to be made. If I was IPL I certainly would link a the full contract payment to correlate with actual games where the player is at least available to be picked (with a sliding scale employed to cover injuries prior to conclusion of the tournament). But hey, a great deal if you can get it.

  • Sean - 2010-03-25 07:51

    At least he made his million legally. Good luck, and you get better for the 20/20WC.

  • IPL madness - 2010-03-25 07:54

    The IPL is great but This is absolutely a joke. First of all, Parnell is not worth the 650 000 dollars and futhermore this money could of been used for the millions that are under priviliged in India. Lalith Modi and his team should wake up.... If a player doesn't play, thats his problem...simply don't pay him

  • V7776 - 2010-03-25 09:14

    Parnell seems to be a great guy......but he is not worth 4.5mill. He doesnt have the pace to trouble batsman up front and really needs the ball to be swinging to get wickets. Good batmans have worked him out and now just hit him through the line.

  • Blender - 2010-03-25 09:53

    Ja ja IPL Madness, I guess you'd be happy if you were injured and unable to work and therefore weren't paid. Thanks for displaying your ignorance. Idiot.

  • zanele - 2010-03-25 10:36

    i hope he gets better and i also agree he new in the game and not that expreinced,he still needs time to be good.hes not worth 4.5 mi

  • Carel - 2010-03-25 11:00

    Amazing how the media create newsworthiness by headlines. His contract value is old news. Now it sounds as if he is a lottery winner - as if being injured is a lucky strike. Some of the comments are equally questionable. Value is determined by a willing buyer and seller. As the contracting was based on a tender formula, it seems as if he was in high enough demand to warrant the price. You can't elevate yourself by pulling someone else down.

  • Black SA - 2010-03-25 11:59

    I would like to comment on you idiotic farts having a problem with the fact that Parnell is to earn millions without bowling one ball in the IPL. Those franchises who chose to bid for Parnell was not drunk or rasist when they fought for his service, they recognised his talent. Something many of you will never acknowlede to. Imagine the same thing were to have happened to Parnell like what happened to Steward Broad during the 20/20 world cup(when he was hit for 6 consecutive sixes) - he probably never would play at club level again. If your no good at anything do not cry when someone else amount to a lot - especially if not of the same race as you.

  • Raj - 2010-03-25 13:05

    Typical SA mentality - criticising Parnell for getting paid what he did, and quitely wishing that it was themselves rather than Parnell who got paid.

  • psa - 2010-03-25 13:17

    @black sa; you just had to throw the race card ignoring the fact that it is irrelevant.

  • KakSkelm - 2010-03-25 13:34

    This is daylight robbery.... agent smile for his commission

  • Dale - 2010-03-25 13:35

    Sporting teams insure themselves against injury to players, specifically so they can honour contracts ... so his team wont be footing the bill.

  • NeilA @ Black SA - 2010-03-25 14:06

    where do you come from, nothing regarding race was mentioned at all and you decide to speak out your backside and come up with that irrelevant comment, man what a cry baby you are, the guy is talking about earning the money without bowling a ball, not because its a coloured guy earning the money without bowling a ball, cheez man get a life already, LOSER!

  • talent - 2010-03-25 14:32

    ok for those parnell critics, seeing as the people who are actually involved in the buying of ipl players have done exstensive research on them, they bid on what they think the player is worth and as professionals they will pay whatever amount they will for the player that they think his worth. also think about it he is 20 years old and still done so well for south africa and is still growing as a player. face the fact there have not been many 20 year old bowlers that have performed as well as he has on the international stage.. seriously start supporting your players as they represent this country more than we ever will

  • geejay - 2010-03-25 20:13

    Parnell is highly rated and rightly so, still has the potential to increase the pace and swing kore which I think he will do. Least he isn't rewarded more money for having a bunch of wives.

  • PSA @ BlackSA - 2010-03-25 20:59

    We all appreciate Parnell's cricket and we admire his talents and have no problem at all if he becomes a millionare, he deserves every Rand!!! Why in the wonderfull world would you ruin all by playing the race card. We are now really "gatvol" for this. Lets build a better South Africa without pessimists like you!!

  • Mikeg - 2010-03-26 05:06

    @ Black SA, Thank you so much for your comments. Finally you have made it clear to the world that it is not whites that are racists, It's your type who need a crutch, Racism is all you have.

  • MEI.L - 2010-03-26 09:48


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