The 22-year-old yesterday “put straight media reports” that he was involved in drugs after Indian media reported that he had been detained by the police in a raid on a drug-fuelled rave party on Sunday at Oak Woods Hotel, in the northern Mumbai suburb of Juhu.
Police found 110g of cocaine, ecstasy and charas (a form of dagga) according to police commissioner Vishwas Nagre Patil.
But the Port Elizabeth-born fast-bowler was quick to reassure fans on Twitter that things had been blown out of proportion.
He tweeted yesterday, after being reportedly released, along with India batsman Rahul Sharma: “What up tweeps [sic]. Just want to assure you that last night was blown out of proportion and I will be releasing a statement #alliswell.”
Cricket SA said “Pigeon”, as Parnell is known, was fine.
Spokesman Lerato Malekutu said the governing body had been in contact with Parnell, and was sure that the player, who had been playing in the Indian Premier League for the Pune Warriors, was fine.
Parnell said that he and Sharma had been at the hotel for a mutual friend’s birthday shindig and had planned to leave an hour before the police raid.
“We were not aware of a rave or of any drugs being taken. The party was on the pool terrace so it was very relaxed,” he said.
He said blood and urine samples of about 80 people were taken for testing.
“At no stage was I arrested or detained. I was calm because I knew that I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Parnell has an even bigger task on his mind – the Proteas will tour England in July, where they will play three test matches, five one-day internationals and three T20s.
His inconsistent form has led to his being dropped and recalled to the national side on many occasions.
Though the Pune Warriors did not qualify for the play-offs, Parnell stayed in India for an extended holiday, Cricket SA said.
Team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: “The process is in the Indian police’s hands . Wayne has offered the police his full cooperation.”