On 30 July 2011, Parnell announced that he had converted to Islam in January 2011 after a period of personal study. Parnell confirmed that his teammates Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir, along with team manager Mohammad Moosajee, had no influence over his decision to convert to Islam. He considered taking the name Waleed, meaning 'Newborn Son', but continues to be known as Wayne.
Mohammad Yousuf is a Pakistani religious preacher and former cricketer, who played all three formats and also a former captain of Tests and ODIs. A right-handed batsman, Yousuf was one of the few Christians to play for the Pakistan national cricket team, prior to his conversion to Islam in 2005.
Dilshan converted from Islam to Buddhism at the age of 16, and was known as Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan before his conversion. His childhood coach Ranjan Paranavitana stated that even though Dilshan had a Muslim name, he and his siblings followed their mother's religion during their childhood and officially changed his religion and name after his parents separated.
Surat Ranjit is one of the finest players of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He too had adopted Buddhism by changing his religion in the manner of Dilshan.
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