Pakistan Confirmed as Ireland’s First Test Opponents

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Ireland and Pakistan in a one-day international in Malahide in 2016

    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.
  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    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 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.
  3. Mohsin

    Mohsin Cricistani

    Feb 21, 2010

    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

    Apr 26, 2011
    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.


    @Donal Cozzie congrats in advance lol
  5. Mohsin

    Mohsin Cricistani

    Feb 21, 2010
    Yeah thanks for the reminder lol

    Wont be surprised if rain ruins it tbh, good ol' BRITISH weather...
  6. ComradeVenom

    ComradeVenom Cricistani

    Jul 24, 2012
  7. Donal Cozzie

    Donal Cozzie Cricistani

    Nov 4, 2014

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