Wayne Parnell announces conversion to Islam.. - Wayne Waleed Parnell (born 30 July 1989 in Port Elizabeth) is a cricketer who plays Tests, One Day International and Twenty20 matches for South Africa.At domestic level he plays for the Warriors having previously represented Eastern Province,he has also played county cricket for Kent. In 2010, Parnell was signed by the Delhi Daredevils for the 2010 Indian Premier League,in 2011 he joined the Pune Warriors. He is a left-hand batsman and bowls left-arm fast-medium.He has recently converted to Islam from Christianity. 'I converted to Islam in January 2011,after a period of personal study and reflection and it is a faith that I have always been interested in,' Parnell said in a statement on Thursday. He also asked that the issue be treated with respect as he approaches his first period of fasting. 'My faith choice is a matter which I would like to keep private.'