Cricket Australia have awarded Paul Wilson a third consecutive Umpire of the Year award celebrating a significant season for the NSWCUSA member.
2019-20 saw Paul make his Test debut in the one-off match played between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Chittagong during September, becoming the 484th person to umpire a Men’s Test.
A member of the International Panel of ICC Umpires, he was involved as a neutral umpire in the recent New Zealand v England Test series; being Third Umpire in the first and on-field in the second match.
The ICC also appointed Paul to officiate at last year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, where he stood in five matches during the preliminary rounds of the tournament.
In addition to the World Cup, he stood in two ODIs in the bilateral Sri Lanka v West Indies series and the first match of the postponed series between Australia and New Zealand.
He was on-field in five T20 Internationals over the course of the summer Australia hosted both Sri Lanka and Pakistan in bilateral series early in the international summer.
During the domestic season, Paul was appointed to the rain-affected KFC Big Bash Final between Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars at the SCG.
The Final was one of 11 KFC Big Bash matches he was on field for during 2019-20 – also including ‘The Eliminator’ and ‘The Knock-out’ matches in the finals series.
Wilson officiated in one Marsh Sheffield Shield match and two Marsh One-Day Cup fixtures across the season.
The award is selected by the CA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer taking into account on-field performance as well as contribution to elite umpiring in Australia by way of significant achievement or off-field work.
Cricket Australia Umpire of the Year winners:
- 2019-20 – Paul Wilson
- 2018-19 – Paul Wilson
- 2017-18 – Paul Wilson
- 2016-17 – Simon Fry
- 2015-16 – Simon Fry
- 2014-15 – Simon Fry
- 2013-14 – Simon Fry
- 2012-13 – Bruce Oxenford
- 2011-12 – Simon Taufel
- 2010-11 – Bruce Oxenford
- 2009-10 – Steve Davis
- 2008-09 – Paul Reiffel
- 2007-08 – Bruce Oxenford
- 2006-07 – Daryl Harper
- 2005-06 – Simon Taufel
- 2004-05 – Peter Parker
- 2003-04 – Simon Taufel