Parnell on Kolpak move: Proteas have moved passed me

Wayne Parnell (Gallo)
Wayne Parnell (Gallo)

Cape Town - Former Proteas all-rounder Wayne Parnell revealed that no communication from Cricket South Africa following his injury, resulted in a decision for him to sign a Kolpak deal.

The 29-year-old terminated his Proteas career on Monday by signing an additional three-year Kolpak contract with English county club, Worcestershire.

A player becomes eligible for a Kolpak deal when he gives up the right to play for his country, and is not classed as an overseas-player signing.

Parnell has not played for the Proteas in nearly a year and was sidelined with shoulder injury in December.

According to Worcestershire's official website, Parnell admitted he had been considering the move for almost a year during which time he slipped out of Ottis Gibson's squad across all formats.

"I have played more than 100 games for my country in all formats and I've loved every time I've put on the South African jersey and I'm almost certain that nothing can replace that feeling, certainly on the cricket field," said Parnell.

"The reality of life is that that goals and aspirations change all the time and it seems the Proteas have moved passed me since I've not really had any communications since I had my injury and then not going to India for the 'A' tours was also another indication.

"But I'm happy with that and I am comfortable with where I'm at and what I'm doing. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Worcestershire since joining up with them and I'm excited about my future with them."

Parnell played six Tests, 65 ODIs and 40 T20Is during his international career.

Despite Parnell expressing a keen interest in playing various T20 Leagues around the world, no word is yet on whether he'll continue playing in all formats for the Cape Cobras this summer.

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