Pakistan Confirmed as Ireland’s First Test Opponents

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    The International Cricket Council have announced that Ireland’s first ever Test match will see them face Pakistan in either April of May of next year.

    The match will precede the two tests away to England

    The ICC gave no indication as to where the historic first Test will take place, but Cricket Ireland have indicated they would like to play it on home soil, most likely in Malahide

    Ireland, along with Afghanistan, became full members of the ICC earlier this year and as result were also granted Test status for the first time.

    https://www.rte.ie/sport/cricket/2017/1011/911552-ireland-set-to-make-test-debut-next-spring/
     
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    Ireland likely to face Pakistan in first-ever Test

    Minnows Ireland are likely to face Pakistan in their first-ever Test match, which is expected to take place in April or May next year.

    Ireland, who along with Afghanistan were given Test status in June earlier this year, are yet to play an official match in the longest format of the game.
    Even though nothing is confirmed yet, the International Cricket Council (ICC), in their official press release, announced that the Irish team will face Pakistan in a ‘red ball’ match next year.

    ICC spokesman, while talking to Cricket.com.au also confirmed that the venue for the match will be most likely be Dublin, making it an away game for Sarfraz Ahmed and his men, who recently slumped to seventh after their 2-0 series whitewash at Sri Lanka’s hands.

    It is also understood that Cricket Ireland and Pakistan Cricket Board are engaged in discussions to finalise dates for the event.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1528634/ireland-likely-face-pakistan-first-ever-test/
     
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    Ireland’s first Test match will be on home soil against Pakistan in May, following an agreement between the two sides reached during the International Cricket Council meeting in Auckland this week.

    Ireland and Afghanistan were given Test status in June when they became the 11th and 12th Full Members of the ICC and Cricket Ireland has since been looking for the right opponents for an historic first match.

    “We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year,” CEO Warren Deutrom said. “It has been our wish to make our Test debut in front of our own fans within 12 months of becoming a Test nation, and against a big team, so I’m delighted.”

    Pakistan certainly fit the bill as a team who were top of the Test match rankings as recently as last year before slipping back after the retirement of captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior batsman Younis Khan.

    “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.

    “We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket, the Pakistan team has been a regular visitor to our shores in recent years, and their agreement to be our opponent on this important occasion for Irish cricket is further evidence of their terrific support.”

    Irish captain William Porterfield welcomed confirmation of the match saying: “It’s fantastic news for Irish cricket. It’s going to be a bit special and it’s always great to be a part of history.

    “There’s a special affinity between ourselves and Pakistan going back to the 2007 World Cup and they’ve been regular tourists here over the past decade.

    “Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and I know how much this game will mean to not only the players but all involved with Irish cricket. It’ll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time.

    “It’s sure to be an incredible and emotional experience for all involved. 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. I’m certain there will be an incredible atmosphere from both sets of fans who will be keen to witness a piece of history.”

    The exact date in May and Irish venue for the five-day Test has yet to be confirmed, but a final decision on both will be announced in due course.

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    Wont be surprised if rain ruins it tbh, good ol' BRITISH weather...
     
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    Ireland announces dates for inaugural Test with Pakistan

    KARACHI: Cricket Ireland has announced the dates of its inaugural and one-off Test match against Pakistan. According to Ireland Cricket Board, Pakistan will play the Test against Ireland from May 11 to May 15 in 2018. “The dates of Ireland’s inaugural Test match as an ICC Full Member – against Pakistan – have been confirmed as Friday May 11th to Tuesday May 15th,” said a statement by Cricket Ireland following its board meeting. “A decision on the venue will be announced in the coming weeks,” Although, the venue has not been announced yet, sources believe that Malahide in Dublin is favourite to host the Test. It was announced earlier this month that Ireland’s historic inaugural Test will be against Pakistan. Ireland and Afghanistan were given Test status in June when they became the 11th and 12th full members of the ICC.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/131576/ireland-announces-dates-inaugural-test-pakistan/
     
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    Malahide to host Ireland's first Test match when they play Pakistan in May

    Malahide will be the venue for Ireland's first men's Test match when they face Pakistan next May.

    Ireland and Afghanistan were given Test status in June when they became the 11th and 12th full members of the ICC.

    Pakistan were confirmed as Ireland's first Test opponents last month for a match which will start on 11 May.

    "We are delighted that Malahide has agreed to host this historic game against Pakistan," said Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom.

    "Even in its short history of hosting our matches, the club has already given us some wonderful memories and we trust that 11 May and its ensuing days will provide many more.

    "We would like to thank the club's members for their continuing hospitality."

    Ireland's first Test - or is it?
    Ireland's women have played one Test - also against Pakistan - in Dublin in July 2000, when the Irish won by an innings and 54 runs.
    Malahide chairman Ciaran Keohane said that the north Dublin club are "looking forward" to welcoming both teams.

    "This is a great showcase not only for Irish cricket, but for Malahide and the wider Fingal area," said Mr Keohane

    Pakistan were top of the Test match rankings as recently as last year before slipping back after the retirement of captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior batsman Younis Khan.


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    Looking forward to this. The Irish will put up a good fight in early May.
     
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    'The risk is huge, but we've got to back ourselves': Ireland's €1 million match

    THE JOURNEY HAS been well-documented at this stage, but as Warren Deutrom pulls into Malahide eights days out from a truly momentous day for the organisation he has transformed over the last decade, there are no shortage of reminders of just how quickly Ireland have climbed the ladder.

    This is an idyllic cricket ground, a quintessential and serene setting in north Dublin, and on an early-May morning, there isn’t a lot of activity other than the walkers and joggers circling the perimeter.

    There is still much work to do to upgrade the venue into one of international standard, and while most of the infrastructure is now in place and the overall structure is starting to take shape, the absence of the final fixtures and fittings means there’s still a somewhat hollow feel to it.

    The dilapidated pavilion at the Dublin Road end of the ground is the only permanent structure and such is its poor state, won’t be visible come matchday with Cricket Ireland forced to install temporary changing rooms, media facilities and corporate hospitality for the five-day match against Pakistan.

    There will be a different atmosphere here come tomorrow week, no doubt, and certainly excitement is reaching fever point ahead of Ireland’s historic foray into Test cricket, but the risk attached with building a pop-up stadium at great cost remains the only option for Cricket Ireland.

    The staging of next week’s match will cost the organisation €1 million and Deutrom, the chief executive, has made no secret of the fact they will come out of it in the red, with ticket sales and other match income only likely to offset half of the expense.

    Test match cricket is an expensive business, particularly when the purpose-built stadium needs to be built from scratch in the space of a couple of short weeks, and the risks associated are considerable, with Cricket Ireland left to count the cost of several washed out one-day games in recent years.

    But, as has always been the case under Deutrom’s innovative and impressive leadership, the potential returns far outweigh the attached risks, no more so than next week when Cricket Ireland will welcome new supporters, commercial partners, corporate clients and media to Malahide, bringing the sport to new audiences and rarefied heights on these shores.

    [​IMG] The Ireland Test squad will be announced tomorrow. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

    The sale of broadcasting rights to Sky Sports and RTÉ for a reported €1.8 million is unprecedented for Irish cricket, and the willingness of the national broadcaster to show a nightly highlights show underlines the appetite which now exists, as does strong ticket sales, with the first day on course to be a 6,000 sell-out.

    “Being granted Test-playing status by the ICC was a benchmark day for us, and while we have achieved this great thing, it has now presented us with an enormous opportunity to take the next step on the journey,” Deutrom tells The42.

    “We always said Test status wasn’t just about becoming a Test nation and then sticking our feet up and slapping ourselves on the back, and we’re prepared to take risks.

    “And the risk for us is huge because it’s an untested format, we’ve never had Test cricket in Ireland before. In a country like Ireland where the game at international level is still bedding down in the mainstream environment and a five-day game in a country where it probably rains more than others? That’s a risk.

    “But you know what? The game is thriving, more people are playing it, more people are getting interested in it so we’ve got to back ourselves. We’re prepared to take these pretty significant risks time and time again and the punters and media come and back us.

    “We keep getting confidence from the level of interest shown in us.”

    Deutrom’s bold vision has been a central driver in this journey, one which has been travelled at remarkable speed, and his tireless work and lobbying in the corridors of the ICC has made the Test dream into a reality.

    The work of his 30 full-time staff must be applauded, too, with Cricket Ireland operating under severe limitations in recent years, yet achieving success both on and off the field, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed from the ICC and other full member nations.

    An increased fixture list as part of the Future Tours Programme will present Ireland with frequent opportunities to play against higher-ranked nations, both at home and away, and give Cricket Ireland the opportunity to showcase and sell the sport to wider audiences and prospective partners.

    Already, the two Twenty20 games against India at Malahide on 27 and 29 June are on course to be sellouts and the added interest from spectators has also been complemented by further engagement from prospective commercial partners since Ireland’s ascension to full membership and Test-playing status of the ICC.

    [​IMG] Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

    The message from Deutrom has always been clear: the goal is to make cricket mainstream in Ireland and achieving Test status is just one part, albeit a pretty significant one, of the process.

    The Irish sporting landscape is dominated by the ‘big three’ of GAA, rugby and football but Deutrom wants cricket to be in there too. He wants perceptions of cricket as an elitist, exclusive sport to change and it to be visible, accessible, affordable and inspiring to the public.

    “For us, it’s about making cricket as a sport much more visible so people can read about us more, see us more on TV and then suddenly it becomes more visible,” he continues.

    “What separates GAA, soccer and rugby is that they have this mass following because it’s always visible in the media and in everyday life.

    “This is where we want to get to and I know a lot of people have said to me ‘come on, Deutrom, get a grip’ but then I look back on the things we have achieved over the last 10 years and I strongly believe we can achieve more.”

    And in monetary terms, all of this means Cricket Ireland’s revenue for the year is set to increase by about 50 per cent to €9.3 million, with the two games against India set to boost the coffers considerably and counterbalance the loss of the Test match.

    Compare that to the €260,000 profit the organisation recorded in Deutrom’s first year at the helm in 2006 and you get an indication of just how far things have come in a relatively short period of time.

    “We tend not to look at the Test in isolation, and look at the whole season as a whole like most businesses do,” the Cricket Ireland CEO explains.

    “The Test will probably cost us around €1 million, and in terms of just ticketing and hospitality, we won’t make it back in that but when you add in sponsorship and broadcasting, we’ll make a loss in the Test match but make a big revenue hike on the two T20s against India.
    “We’ll make our money on that but this is about Test cricket and being part of the pantheon of big nations and by virtue of being a full member and Test nation, it gives us that status of being in the top tier of world cricket which enables us to get the best fixtures against the best nations on a multi-year basis. And therefore gives a value to our broadcast and commercial rights we haven’t previously had.”

    With the sale of the TV rights for both the Pakistan and India games to Sky Sports and sports marketing agency Pitch International, who will sell the worldwide rights, Malahide will play host to one of the biggest TV audience events — sporting or otherwise — ever staged in Ireland.



    It will be a day for the ages, a day to celebrate and a true lesson in commitment, perseverance and how success can be achieved against all odds.

    It will not just be an endorsement of all the on-field achievements — those indelible days in Jamaica, Bangalore and Nelson — which have provided the 10-year campaign with such weight but a seal of approval and further recognition for everything that has gone on behind the scenes, led by the instrumental Deutrom.

    A proud day for everyone involved — from former players, staff, volunteers, club members and one and all associated with Irish cricket, and for those who had the ambition and persistence to push for change, challenge the traditional structures and strive to become one of the best.

    Not least for the unassuming Deutrom, who not only had the courage to proclaim such an ambitious vision when he first arrived, but then the sheer determination and competence to deliver it. And how.

    “I don’t want to make this about me, it’s not really about me,” he insists. “But because you’ve asked the question, I’m probably going to feel pride next Friday, a huge degree of pride that we’ve come this far in a relatively short period of time.

    “A huge degree of pride because we have grown and developed the sport into something it just deserves to be and that’s successful because there’s such support and such talent here both on and off the pitch.
    “It just deserves to succeed, and I’m not saying we should succeed, but we’ve put our shoulder to the wheel at Cricket Ireland and it’s not just me, it’s a huge number of people behind me. All of our staff, everyone at grassroots level and at the clubs that has helped along the way.

    “It doesn’t matter if we’re good at tiddlywinks, as a nation the Irish will back it and that’s what I’ve seen. This ability to punch above our weight, the immense pride in the nation and a real sense of community. It’ll be a proud day and at this stage the heart is ruling the head as the overriding feeling is spine-tingling excitement.

    “We hope the stands are full and people, cricket fans new and old, walk away from Malahide next week with wonderful memories and an appetite for more.”

    http://www.the42.ie/warren-deutrom-ireland-cricket-first-test-3991070-May2018/
     
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    God I cant wait for this
     
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    Wont be surprised if Ireland manage to roll us over considering the conditions and our batting.
     
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    Mate we got trounced by Somerset two weeks back and have never played 5 day cricket, ever.

    If the match lasts 4 days I'm considering that a success
     
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    O’Brien brothers in good nick as Ireland get ready for Pakistan Test

    Kevin O’Brien came to the party with an unbeaten 52 to help Leinster Lightning, the defending champions, deny North West Warriors an outright win in an Inter Provincial Championships match on Thursday 3 May.

    The match is significant in that it’s the last first-class game for the Irish players before the squad for the historic one-off Test against Pakistan is picked, and between the two teams, a total of 17 Irish internationals were in action.

    Batting first at Pembroke Cricket Club, the Warriors put up a big 509/9 in 137 overs. In response, Lightning were bowled out for 286 and made to follow on. It did get tricky for them at 137/6, but they held on to finish the game at 227/7.

    Early strikes from ChasePeter Chase, the right-arm medium pacer who has played 22 one-day internationals, was on the money at the start of the Warriors innings, sending back David Barr and then Aaron Gillespie, who scored 57. When Gillespie fell, the Warriors were 93/3, but that was as good as it got for the Lightning bowlers.

    The O’Brien-Thompson stand
    When the two batsmen got together at the fall of Gillespie’s wicket, the match was evenly poised. But the experienced hands – Niall O’Brien has been one of the leading lights of Irish cricket and Stuart Thompson has also played 20 ODIs and 20 Twenty20 Internationals – added 308 for the fourth wicket to put the Warriors in the driver’s seat.

    Niall O’Brien hit 165 in 294 balls with 15 fours and three sixes, while Thompson hit 19 fours and a six in his 148, scored in 216 balls.

    William Porterfield and Andy McBrine falter
    Fantastic as the O’Brien-Thompson stand was, two major Irish players failed before and after it. Up at the top, the national team captain William Porterfield became the first man out, bowled by 23-year-old right-arm pacer Tyrone Kane for 2. And soon after Thompson fell, Andy McBrine was caught behind off Kevin O’Brien for 10.

    Dockrell comes good
    George Dockrell has been Ireland’s leading spinner for some time now, but had a poor time of it at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe, dropped after three wicketless outings. Against the Warriors, he didn’t get a wicket till late in the script, when he sent back Niall O’Brien, but then quickly accounted for Ross Allen and Boyd Rankin to finish with 3/120 in 29 overs.

    Young leads super bowling performance
    The Lightning first innings lasted just 86 overs, and it was due to an excellent combined bowling performance from the Warriors, led by Craig Young, who finished with 3/49.

    Young, 13 ODIs and 15 T20Is old, has been in and out of the Ireland squad, but gave a good account of his abilities by dismissing Ed Joyce early and later picking up two more wickets.

    All the Warriors bowlers used – Rankin (2/72), David Scanlon (2/47), Thompson (1/67), McBrine (1/15) and Allen (1/9) – picked up at least a wicket.

    Balbirnie keeps Lightning in the fight
    Though it was not too impressive a batting effort on the whole, Andy Balbirnie, whose 105 against Scotland was one of the innings of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, was solid in his 114*, scored off 238 balls from No.3. His 104-run stand with Jack Tector, the opening batsman who scored 53, was the best part of the Lightning innings.

    Tector does it again
    Tector is just 21, and only six first-class matches old, but was the best of the opening batsmen on show, scoring 53 in the second innings to go with his identical score in the first. While he took just 64 balls for his runs the first time out, the second one was a relatively more patient knock, consuming 95 deliveries.

    The other O’Brien saves the day
    Despite Tector’s efforts, Lightning slipped to 137/6 – two wickets each for Rankin and Scanlon – and the Warriors were in sight of victory at that stage. But Kevin O’Brien batted out 101 balls, with Dockrell giving him company with a 79-ball 31, to save Lightning the blushes.

    The one-off Test against Pakistan – Ireland’s maiden one – will start on 11 May in Dublin.

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    Ireland name strong squad for historic Test against Pakistan

    Ireland have named a squad of 14 with a host of expected names for their historic maiden Test match, a one-off contest against Pakistanstarting in Dublin on 11 May.

    William Porterfield will be leading the team out on the momentous day, and he will have for company many of the men who have been a major part of Ireland’s rise up the international ranks: Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, the O’Brien brothers Kevin and Niall, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin among them.

    Andrew Balbirnie and Andy McBrine also figure in the list as expected, but there is no space for George Dockrell, the experienced left-arm spinner who has had a somewhat barren run of late.

    Among the others to miss out are all-rounder Simi Singh, top-order batsman Jack Tector and medium pacer Barry McCarthy.

    Figuring instead are Tyrone Kane, Nathan Smith and James Shannon.

    Kane, 23, is a highly-regarded right-arm medium pacer who has played five Twenty20 Internationals but has only three first-class appearances against his name.

    Smith, 19, has a little more first-class experience — nine games — but has never played for Ireland before, while Shannon is a 28-year-old off-spinner who has played one one-day international and two T20Is for Ireland in the past.

    Nine of the players in the party were in action in the North West Warriors v Leinster Lightningfirst-class fixture at the start of the month. Of them, Niall O’Brien, Thompson and Balbirnie scored centuries, and while Porterfield, Joyce and McBrine failed with the bat, Kevin O’Brien, Kane and Rankin performed well, which will be crucial for Ireland’s chances.

    Across in the English county circuit, Murtagh has been in good form, picking up 14 wickets in three games for Middlesex, while Wilson cracked an unbeaten 64 for Derbyshire against Leicestershire late last month and Stirling, also turning out for Middlesex, has scored two 40s in April.

    Squad: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Ed Joyce, Tyrone Kane, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (wk), Boyd Rankin, Nathan Smith, Paul Stirling, James Shannon, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson (wk)

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    Very surprising calls in there.

    Kane deserves a call up, consistently excellent domestically and performed whenever called up for national honours.

    Smith over McCarthy is a huge shock. Smith has done well on A tours and domestically but McCarthy has a decent county record. Very surprising.

    Shannon over Tector to is a tad odd considering the latters better form. Still, just happy to see some actual CHANGE in the squad for the first time in bloody ages.
     
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    Ireland banking on pace in the first test. In my opinion looking at the Pakistani team, Ireland are favorites.
     
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    lol nobody.

    Honestly if Pakistan dont win this game inside 3 or 4 days and by a significant margin they would want to be EXTREMELY worried about what England will do. We got annihilated by Somerset two weeks ago, taking 6 wickets in 2 innings, and havent ever played Tests before.

    The game for us is more about letting the old guard get that Test cap they deserve before retiring. Joyce will retire immediately after this match because his body isnt up to this level anymore, Murtagh and potentially even NOB will also depart after the summer IMO, NOB might stick around.

    The standard guys everyone knows are nailed on starters so expect Porterfield, Stirling, Joyce, NOB, Wilson, Balbirnie, KOB, Rankin, McBrine and Murtagh to play. Final spot will be one of the surprise call ups, probably Kane.

    Murtagh will be extremely dangerous for you guys. Is an outstanding multi day bowler and has for years been excellent in Division 1 for Middlesex. Has been in excellent for this season already too.

    Honestly aside from that, not much for you to fear. If Ireland rise to the occasion and Pakistan flop a close contest might, note might, occur. But if Pakistans bowlers in particular come to the party in any way I'd expect us to get flattened tbh.
     
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    Pakistan should not play any specialist spinners. Doing so in Ireland in May is moronic, especially with the amount of rain we got this spring. 1 Spinning all rounder or even a part timer would be enough.
     
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    Shadab can bat, I think he’s going to play
     
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    I wouldn't play Shadab as Harris can ball good left arm spin. Instead, i would play Fahim.

    My team would be:

    Azhar
    Fakhar
    Harris
    Babar
    Shafiq
    Usman
    Sarfaraz
    Fahim
    Aamir
    Hassan
    Abbas

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    Don’t count yourself out like that.

    I’ve seen Will Porterfield score runs against us, we all know the quality of Paul Stirling but he has to be in form, Ed Joyce is a quality player - he played well in the WC if my memory is correct, as well as that Nial O’Brien recently made a century against England at Lords and we all know the quality of Kevin O’Brien, the only weakness in your team is the middle order.

    Remember that this Pakistani team cannot make 300 nor can it chase so if you make 220-250 your in the game big time especially with Murtagh and Rankin, the Ireland boys have also had experiance in County Cricket which is at a real high standard even though they may play in division two.
     
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    Against England I wouldn’t play Shadab but against Ireland who have previously struggled against the likes of Rashid Khan and Imad Wasim on green tops so I would definitely go with Shadab and he can bat so that is a bonus.
     
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    It's a toss up between Fahim and Shadab.
    My main point is the damp weather this time of year in Ireland while England's weather has gotten quite better over the past decade.

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    I would choose Shadab any day over Fahim; for some reason I feel Fahim is not ready for tests
     
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    With the upmost respect, when it comes to teams like Ireland it isn't about the pitch/conditions...it's about the opposition.

    Shadab any day, should be a no-brainer.
     
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    To each their own.
    Personally, i wouldn't play a spinner on a seaming, swinging track with damp conditions.
    ESPECIALLY, one who is as inexperienced as Shadab is.
    If it was Saqlain, Ajmal or Yasir, i would definitely play one, but we shall see.

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