Wayne Dillon Parnell was born on 30 July, 1989 in Port Elizabeth in Cape Province in 1989. He attended Grey High School in his home town, leaving in 2007. He studied Human Resource Management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. He is a South African cricketer who plays Test cricket, One Day International cricket and Twenty20 matches for South Africa. At the domestic level he plays for Cape Cobras, having previously played for the Warriors and Eastern Province. He has also played county cricket for Kent County Cricket Club, Sussex County Cricket Club and Glamorgan County Cricket Club in English county cricket, for the Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League and for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.
Parnell made his first-class cricket debut for Eastern Province in October 2006, at the age of seventeen, against South Western Districts scoring 17 and taking one wicket. In his second first-class match, he recorded figures of four for seven and, in only his fifth first-class match, he took a hat-trick against Western Province: all three batsman were bowled. He was described as “the most talked about cricketer to hit the first-class scene for some time.
Wayne was selected as captain of the South Africa team for the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup having also played for the team in 2006 U/19 Cricket World Cup. He finished the 2008 tournament as the leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets at 8.38. In the quarter-final against Bangladesh he took six for eight as well as top-scoring with 57.