South African seamer to play all formats after leaving Worcestershire when Kolpak deals ended

Wayne Parnell will join Northamptonshire as an overseas player in all formats for the 2021 season.

Parnell, the South African left-arm seamer, will be available to play in the County Championship, Vitality Blast and Royal London Cup after his time at Worcestershire came to an end last year with the closure of the Kolpak pathway.

“I am delighted to be joining Northants for the 2021 season,” Parnell said. “I love county cricket and I hope I can contribute to the club being successful on all fronts.”

He joins Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi as the club’s two overseas players and David Ripley, the head coach, revealed that the chance to sign Parnell had forced the club to rethink its initial strategy for overseas recruitment after securing Nabi for the T20 Blast.

“We started the winter looking for someone who could perhaps play some Championship cricket at the start and then have a different player to support Mohammad Nabi for the T20s.” Ripley said. “We had one or two options there but when Wayne came into the picture we felt he could offer a real all-round contribution for us.”