Australian news May 25, 2010

Paul Wilson promoted to national umpires panel

Cricinfo staff

Paul Wilson, the former Test fast bowler, has been added to Cricket Australia's national umpires panel for 2010-11. The promotion of Wilson, 38, continues Australia's trend of encouraging former first-class players to join the umpiring ranks.

Rod Tucker, who captained Tasmania in the 1990s, has steadily progressed to international level and officiated in his first Tests earlier this year. The former Test seamer Paul Reiffel has also been a project umpire for Cricket Australia for several years and has now stood in three one-day internationals and four Twenty20 internationals.

Wilson has had a taste of umpiring state cricket, having been in the middle for two Sheffield Shield games last summer, as well as a handful of limited-overs outings. A hardworking fast man who played one Test and 11 one-day internationals in 1997-98, Wilson has taken the place of his fellow Western Australian Jeff Brookes on the 12-man panel.

"Paul Wilson's elevation to the national umpires panel demonstrates Cricket Australia's commitment to provide opportunities for past players to continue their involvement in cricket after retirement," James Sutherland, the CEO of Cricket Australia, said. "Paul deserves his promotion after a number of years on the project panel and we look forward to his continuing development and progress along the umpiring pathway in the coming seasons."

National umpires panel Gerard Abood (NSW), Simon Fry (SA), Geoff Joshua (Vic), Ian Lock (WA), Mick Martell (WA), Bruce Oxenford (Qld), Bob Parry (Vic), Paul Reiffel (Qld), Rod Tucker (NSW), John Ward (Vic), Tony Ward (Vic), Paul Wilson (WA).

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  • Matthew on May 25, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Congratulations to Paul But I also think it`s a kick in the guts to alot of Umpires that have been in the System alot longer & trying to get the same oppurtunities as Paul & these ex-players do by getting fast tracked through . Cause it`s not a full on conclusion that just because you played at a high level that you will suceed as a Umpire

    Even took the Best in the business -Simon Taufel sometime & experience to where he is now (From Playing NSW Schoolboys to Grade Cricket for North Sydney and Mosman ) Simon first officiated in fifth-grade games at 20.And was 27 when he stood in his first ODI

    JUST SHOWS - you can`t beat EXPERIENCE & Earning your stripes first , then being fast tracked & looked after the moment you get your Umpires badge .

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