Paul Wilson is an Australian international cricket umpire who played for the Australian national cricket team. He was born on 12 January 1972 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Before taking up Umpiring as his profession, Wilson was a right-arm fast bowler who represented Australia in Tests and ODIs. He is currently in the list of Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires.
Career as a Cricketer
Wilson left a trainee accountant job in Newcastle to travel to Adelaide, where he joined the Australian Cricket Academy. He made his first-class debut playing for South Australia in the 1995-96 domestic season. He moved to Western Australia where he played two seasons before retiring at the end of the 2003-2004 season.
He played for Australia in the 1997-98 Australian season. He made his International debut in an ODI against New Zealand on 17 December 1997. He played his only Test against India on 18 March 1998. He played a total of 11 ODIs for Australia and took 13 wickets.
Career as an Umpire
Wilson officiated his first game in October 2008 in an interstate match. His first match as an umpire was a rain-marred game. After spending some time in coaching, he was added to Cricket Australia's panel of project umpires.
He stood in his first One Day International match on 8 November 2014 between Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea in Australia. Until now, he has officiated in 12 ODIs and 8 T20Is.
In January 2018, Wilson was named as one of the seventeen on-field umpires for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in New Zealand.
Wilson aims to get onto the Elite Pane of ICC Umpires and become a Test umpire.