There has been a lot of speculation in the media recently about my conversion to Islam. Although this is a personal matter for me, for the sake of clarity, I would like to confirm some of the facts.
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.
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.
I will continue to respect the team’s endorsement of alcoholic beverages. I am playing cricket in Sussex and this is my immediate focus. 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 publics’ interest in my personal life, my faith choice is a matter which I would like to keep private.