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Wayne Parnell ready for his first Ramazan

August 08, 2011

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Wayne Parnell. -File photo

South Africa’s young paceman Wayne Parnell has revealed that he will continue to wear logos of sponsors South African Breweries even after converting to Islam, which he made public recently. He also asked the press to respect his private life during the holy month of Ramazan.

“Wayne will continue to respect the team’s endorsement of alcoholic beverages. He hasn't really thought about it and made a firm decision, so for now, yes, he will wear the logos,” Parnell's agent, Donne Commins, told the press on Thursday.

According to Commins, Parnell’s conversion came after a period of personal study and reflection in January this year and the decision to make it public seemed apt considering Muslims around the world are currently observing the holy month of Ramazan.

“As I am approaching my first period of fasting, I ask that this special time is treated with respect. I am a young man, a professional cricketer by trade, and while I can appreciate and am grateful for the public interest in my personal life, my faith choice is a matter which I would like to keep private,” said the promising left-armer who was also considering changing his name.

“While I have not yet decided on an Islamic name, I have considered the name Waleed which means Newborn Son, but for now, my name remains Wayne Dillon Parnell,” the 21-year-old said in a statement released by Cricket South Africa on Thursday.