Glamorgan have signed South African international fast bowler Wayne Parnell as their second overseas player for the NatWest T20 Blast, subject to clearance from Cricket South Africa and a successful visa application.
The 25-year-old left-arm firebrand has agreed terms with the Welsh county and is due to arrive ahead of Glamorgan’s NatWest T20 Blast opener against Surrey at the Kia Oval on Friday 15 May.
“I’m very excited about the prospects of joining up with both Jacques Rudolph and Colin Ingram and playing for Glamorgan,” said Parnell, who will be available for an initial term of 10 group stage fixtures concluding with the game against Somerset at Taunton on 28 June.
“T20 cricket has been a strength for Glamorgan and I’m keen to contribute to a successful campaign.”
Parnell made his international debut at the age of 19, has played four Tests, 33 IT20s and 46 ODIs, and was part of the South African squad at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
He enjoyed a career best haul of 4-13 in a T20 International against the West Indies and has played almost 120 domestic T20 games, including two stints with Delhi Daredevils in the 2010 and 2014 Indian Premier League campaigns.
“We are delighted to have secured the services of Wayne Parnell, who was earmarked at a young age as one of South Africa’s brightest talents and who is a naturally gifted all-rounder,” said Glamorgan Cricket chief executive and director of cricket Hugh Morris.
“He will give us a wicket-taking threat and also the potential for valuable runs. Even more importantly, Wayne is available to us for the vast majority of our NatWestT20 Blast group games and we will re-visit discussions around a potential extension as the competition unfolds.”
Parnell has prior experience of T20 cricket in the northern hemisphere having enjoyed successful stints with Kent Spitfires and Sussex Sharks.
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