Ireland face Pakistan in first-ever Test

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2017

Ireland, the latest entrants in the Test club along with Afghanistan, could be set to play their first official Test against Pakistan in May next year.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom recently admitted the Test newcomers would be open to the concept, with Ireland having excelled in four-day games in the rung below Test cricket, the ICC's Intercontinental Cup.

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.

Agreement was reached during an International Cricket Council meeting in Auckland this week, with the date and venue for the match yet to be confirmed.


"There is a lot of work to do from now to ensure that it will be an occasion to remember but we, and I'm sure our players and fans, can't wait to rise to it", Deutrom added.

The sport's governing body has argued for years that a Test championship is needed to boost the five-day format's popularity as crowds and television viewers flock to the big-hitting Twenty20 version of the game. "It's going to be a bit special and it's always great to be a part of history", Ireland captain William Porterfield said. Incidentally, Ireland announced their arrival in global cricket by beating a full-strength Pakistan side in the 2007 cricket world cup. I know how much this will mean to all the players and just how much we all will forward to our dream of being Test cricketers realised. "It'll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time".

As per a report on cricket.com.au, talks between Ireland and Pakistan are ongoing over a Test being played in April or May.

Ireland have claimed victories over England and the West Indies in subsequent competitions while they are four-time winners of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

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