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Ashes 2019: Fans term umpire Joel Wilson as ‘blind’ in wikipedia


The ongoing Ashes test has seen a lot of wrong decisions from the umpires. Both Joel Wilson and Aleem Dar have been horrendous in their decision making which almost changed the course of the innings at some points. Umpire Joel Wilson’s decisions haven’t pleased cricket fans.

A frustrated cricket fan edited the Wikipedia description of umpire Joel Wilson terming him ‘blind’. This has shocked the cricket fraternity. The recent edit read “Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is a blind international cricket umpire from
 Trinidad and Tobago. Wilson is currently a member of the Elite Panel of ICC umpires, representing the West Indies. He stands in matches of all the three formats of international cricket – Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals

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Joe Root holds up the ball for umpire Joel Wilson to smell as Jonny Bairstow looks on (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Joel Wilson made sure to book his berth in the ICC Elite panel list released a few days back. This is his first game right after the appointment and he has had a bad time on the ground. The Carribean umpire has officiated all three formats of the game till now. But this game turned out to be a disaster.

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Former Australian skipper was the first to respond to these umpiring errors. Being a member of the MCC panel, he said that he will discuss the inclusion of best umpires over the neutral ones.

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It will be interesting to see if such changes can make the test cricket error-free. Nathan Lyon starred with the ball as he spun the ball in his side’s favour. Chasing 398, the hosts are now placed at 85/4 by the end of the first session. The absence of James Anderson was a great setback for the hosts which almost changed the tempo of the game.

Steve Smith, on his test return, scored twin centuries which could inturn end as a match-winning one for the visitors.