Former Australian Test fast bowler, and NSW Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association member, Paul Wilson will make his debut as a Test umpire next month joining a select group of players to both umpire and play at that level.
The 47-year-old, who has umpired 28 One-Day and 11 T20 International fixtures, has been appointed by the International Cricket Council as one of the two on-field umpires for the one-off Test between hosts Bangladesh and Afghanistan starting 5 September, in Chittagong. He will be joined by English umpire Nigel Llong.
Wilson will become the 90th Australian Test umpire and 484th person to umpire Test cricket. He will join former Victorian seamer Paul Reiffel and legendary NSW batsman of the late 19th century, Charlie Bannerman, as Australian players to play and umpire a Male International Test match.
Wilson played one Test for Australia against India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in 1998 and 11 One-Day Internationals.
"The past 21 years since that match in Kolkata have gone by very fast," Wilson said.
“Test matches are the pinnacle of our game and it is a privilege to be joining a select group of people to have officiated at this level.”
"(It’s) a great thrill to join Paul Reiffel as one of a handful of people to have played and now umpire at Test level."
The man affectionately known as ‘Blocker’ recently experienced his first World Cup as an umpire, where he stood in five matches on-field.
His performances in various International matches and qualifying tournaments, as part of the International Panel of ICC Umpires, have all led to this point.
Wilson is joined by fellow NSW umpire Gerard Abood on that Panel.
Cricket NSW State Umpire Manager, Darren Goodger, expressed his delight on behalf of the NSWCUSA.
“Paul has worked hard to achieve (this) goal,” said Goodger.
“We hope and believe it will be the first of many.”
Goodger described Wilson as a no-nonsense umpire.
“Paul umpires with common sense, understanding the place of the match official, (and) is respected across the cricket community for his approach.
“He possesses a wonderful attitude toward the game and is a great advocate for match officials, having been a former professional cricketer.
“(While) Paul learnt his umpiring in South Australia and Western Australia ... one of the first things he did when he moved back to New South Wales was join the NSWCUSA.
“He has been a great supporter and promoter of the Association, and a genuine team player. We wish him well.”