South Africa's Wayne Parnell passed fit for Kent after a minor heart scare

South Africa’s Wayne Parnell passed fit for Kent after a minor heart scare

Cricket South Africa have been kept fully apprised of the quick's condition and approved his return to action. It is, however, not certain that the fast bowler will play on Friday.

Wayne Parnell of Kent
Wayne Parnell of Kent reacts during the Royal London One-Day Cup. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The South African left-arm quick Wayne Parnell has been passed fit to be included in Kent’s squad for Friday’s Royal London clash against Sussex despite the health problems that he faced. Parnell is currently serving his short-term stint as the overseas player for the English domestic side Kent. Before the selection, the left-arm quick left the pitch feeling unwell after bowling his four overs against Somerset on Thursday.

The results indicated an elevated heart-rate and the feeling of light-headed. Parnell was pretty keen to return to action a few minutes later after the incident, but the club’s medical team insisted that the allrounder will take no further part in the game against Somerset. It is not the first time that the quick has been admitted to the hospital for these symptoms, having already faced a similar situation in South Africa A’s game against India A in 2013.

He did not go the hospital on Tuesday, instead travelled with the team on the bus back to Kent after the game ended. It was only on Wednesday that Parnell visited the doctor, who made him undergo the various necessary tests which were requisite.

The club confirmed that some of the reports of his condition were massively exaggerated and suggested that if the problem were as big and grave as reported, they would not have named him in the squad to play the match against Somerset on Friday. The club also told that it would not be risking his welfare, as the South African has been included in the squad for the Champions Trophy.

Cricket South Africa have been kept fully apprised of the cricketer’s condition and approved his return to action. It is, however, not certain that the fast bowler will play on Friday. He will undergo a series of fitness tests before any decision on his selection is made ahead of the game.