Joel Wilson’s Called a “Blind Umpire”

Joel Wilson’s Called a “Blind Umpire”

Joel Wilson’s Called a “Blind Umpire”

Fans edited his Wikipedia page after making bad umpiring in first Ashes Test.

The first Ashes Test came to a close as Australia beat England by 251 runs. The hosts had two options: try to chase down 398 to win the game or bat for 90 runs for a draw. The score was high mainly because of Steve Smith, who scored two centuries, and Matthew Wade, who scored his first century after two years.

Australia scored 487/7d after their second innings. The Brits struggled to match the Aussie’s intensity which was made obvious with James Anderson’s absence. On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Joel Wilson also had a big role to play. Both had 15 calls combined that were overturned by third umpire Chris Gaffney. 

Eight of Wilson’s decisions were overturned and his umpiring has been terrible, to say the least. The pressure could have gotten to him since it was his first time officiating as an Elite Panel Umpire. Numerous wrong calls have caused a rift between him and fans, so big that they had ended up editing his Wikipedia page calling him blind. The Wikipedia page reads, “Joel Sheldon Wilson is a blind international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago.”

The Ashes is living up to its reputation as an intense cricket tournament. England and Australia are facing each other for the 301st time. To find out more about The Ashes and other tournaments, visit Betwala’s page.

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