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Paul Wilson to make Test debut in Chittagong

Paul Wilson will officiate in the one-off Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan set to start from September 5.

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Paul Wilson to make Test debut in Chittagong
Umpire Paul Wilson. Photo: Newcastle Herald

Former Australian pacer Paul Wilson is all set to make his umpiring debut in Test cricket. He will officiate in the one-off Test series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan scheduled to start from September 5 in Chittagong.

He is going to be the 90th Australian umpire to officiate Test matches.

Wilson stepped into umpiring career with limited over matches. He has the experience of umpiring in 28 one day international matches and 11 T20Is.

He was also one of the sixteen umpires who officiated in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Standing in front of Test umpiring, Wilson said he is looking forward for the enjoyment.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and enjoying some quality red-ball cricket. 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,”

Wilson said as quoted by cricket.com.au.

“It is also a great thrill to join Paul Reiffel as one of a handful of people to have played and now umpire at Test level,” the 47-year old added.

Wilson played just one Test match for Australia back in 1998. Apart from that single Test, he also played 11 ODIs for Australia in which he booked 13 wickets.

Wilson said,“The past 21 years since that match in Kolkata have gone by very fast.”

He is recognized as one of the most proficient umpires. For second consecutive years, Wilson bagged Cricket Australia’s Umpire Award as the game’s best official.

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