Anonymous caller threatens Parnell, calls him 'terrorist' for being Muslim
Jannatul Naym Pieal
Proteas fast bowler Wayne Parnell reported an anonymous phone call alleged to be of a threatening nature made to his hotel room in Dhaka at the weekend, reports Kaler Kantho.
According to the Bengali daily, the call was made on Sunday before the team departed for their first T20 international against Bangladesh. The report also reads Parnell was termed as a ‘terrorist’ by the anonymous caller as he converted to Islam four years back and since has been a devout Muslim.
Bangladesh Cricket Board’s security consultant, Hossain Imam said the intelligence agencies were informed following Parnell’s being abused and threatened by the anonymous caller.
“Soon after the incident, we informed the intelligence agencies. They have been trying to trace the caller and from where the call was made.”
Imam also informed that the call was not made from a mobile phone, and that the hotel authorities should have asked for the player’s permission first before transferring the call to his room.
“We had clearly told the hotel not to transfer phone calls directly to any player’s room. We told them to first take the player’s permission first. But in Parnell’s case, the hotel didn’t abide by our guideline.”
Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, said they thought it was a prank call but was concerned that the hotel had allowed an anonymous caller to get through to Parnell.
“He (Wayne) didn’t feel threatened at all, he was more concerned about anonymous phone calls being put through to his room,” said Moosajee.
Parnell however shrugged off the incident well, taking 1/12 in 2.1 overs as the Proteas romped to a 52 run victory in the first T20I against Bangladesh.