Wayne Parnell has found a new destination. Parnell has signed a contract with Northamptonshire and he will join the team in late March "I am delighted to be joining Northants for the 2021 season across all formats. I love county cricket and I hope I can contribute to the club being successful on all fronts."
Parnell said, as quoted by cricbuzz "It's an exciting squad with a really nice mix of youth and experience and I'm particularly looking forward to linking up with some old teammates in Richard Levi and Chris Liddle who is now the bowling coach."
Head Coach David Ripley believes that Parnell is the best option for his team and that he will be of great importance to them. "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."
"We had one or two options there but when Wayne [Parnell] came into the picture we felt he could offer a real all-round contribution for us," Ripley said.
Ripley has revealed what are the characteristics that make Parnell special and what are his strengths in the game "He bowls left-arm with some good pace, he can bat, he's bowled some big pressure overs for Worcester in the T20s and made the finals there twice with them bowling at the death."
"So in white-ball cricket, it's a massive tick but he's got a desire to play red-ball cricket too and that was the most important thing. "The other benefit we've got is he'll also offer something in the 50 over competition where we thought we'd be missing some players [due to The Hundred which runs alongside the Royal London Cup] and as it happens we have lost two more players so he fills that gap for us."
Captain Josh Cobb is also pleased with the new players and believes they are all the team needed "With the way international cricket is at the minute it can be hard to get players who are available for big chunks of the competition.
" "So to have two overseas players for 14 games each is huge because you can build some momentum up and hopefully get on a run towards the backend of the group and really attack the finals," Cobb said. "Looking at our attack we've got a lot of bases covered now with pace, spin, control and now he gives us a left-arm option as well so when you're looking at matchups, I feel we've got everything we need."
"He's got a good record of bowling upfront and taking wickets and skills at the backend with yorkers too so I'm sure he'll be a match-winner for us."