ICC confirms Ireland to play historic first test against Pakistan


Ireland finally learned their opposition for their first match as a test nation with news that Pakistan will come to Dublin.

Ireland and Afghanistan were given test status in June, becoming the 11th and 12th full members of the International Cricket Council.

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. Incidentally, Ireland announced their arrival in global cricket by beating a full-strength Pakistan side in the 2007 cricket world cup. With the chilly European conditions and a nervy Pakistan squad, Ireland might just be looking towards making a dream entry on cricket's most prestigious stage. Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom recently admitted the Test newcomers would be open to the idea. It is also believed that Ireland will have a very crucial home advantage against Pakistan if the Test match takes place.

According to a report published by the Independent in Ireland, a well placed source has revealed that Irish cricket officials will look to use the Auckland meeting to tie down Pakistan for the Malahide fixture. "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".

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"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".

"We can hardly complain about compromising the traditional rhythms of Test cricket when Ireland hasn't played one yet", Deutrom told Cricket Country last month.

The subcontinent team might not play another Test until the proposed clash with Ireland next year.