Umpire Wilson hailed for 1st Test Pick

Couva, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago’s top cricket umpire Joel Wilson has been warmly congratulated on his appointment to officiate in the First Test between Bangladesh and South Africa from July 21 to July 25 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

It will be the first time that Wilson, 48, will be standing in a Test match and marks another exciting chapter in his career as a worthy representative of the West Indies Cricket Board on the International Panel of Umpires and Referees.

Leading the accolades was Azim Bassarath, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, himself a former president of the Cricket Umpires and Scorers Council who said on Monday he was very pleased at the latest development.

Bassarath said that he was elated that Wilson’s time had arrived on the world cricket stage and was rich reward for hard work, commitment and sacrifice which he has demonstrated over the course of his career so far.

“Joel serves as an inspiration to the new generation of umpires coming through the ranks who will now have someone to look up to and become motivated to emulate him which we think is a powerful symbol of what can be achieved when one puts their mind to achieving their desired goals,” said Bassarath.

The local cricket chief said that it has been a roller-coaster experience for Wilson as he gradually climbed up the ladder leading to the recognition by the International Cricket Council (ICC) that he possesses the qualities of his peers on the Elite Panel of Test umpires.

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