Ireland to face Pakistan in test match debut

Ireland to face Pakistan in test match debut

Ireland will make their test cricket debut on home soil against Pakistan in May 2018.

Themselves and Afghanistan were given test status back in June when they became the 11 and 12 official members of the International Cricket council and Ireland have been on the lookout for opponents ever since.

Cricket Ireland officials will be travelling to Auckland in New Zealand for the ICC Board meeting this week where they will lobby for global fixtures for the next two calendar years.

"We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year", Warren Deutrom, the Cricket Ireland CEO, has been quoted as saying by cricketireland.ie. Initially, a two-tier system of cricket league's had been proposed to ease the two sides into the Test cricket, to avoid a Bangladesh like disaster, but now it seems that Ireland has chose to jump in and play Pakistan as their first Test opponents.

The exact date and venue has yet to be confirmed. Incidentally, Ireland announced their arrival in worldwide cricket by beating a full-strength Pakistan side in the 2007 cricket world cup.

Cricket Ireland has since been looking for suitable opponents for their opening clash in the five-day game.

Any changes to Test cricket must be in line with in with the sport's new global structure, the head of the International Cricket Players' Union (FICA) Tony Irish said. It's going to be a bit special and it's always great to be a part of history. "It'll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time".

"Test matches have witnessed a decline in attendances in recent years, throwing the door open to a number of means to engage fans, including the introduction of day-night Tests".

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