Ireland to make Test debut against Pakistan

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

Ireland became the 12th Test nation after they became a full time member with the ICC - alongside Afghanistan.

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.

Cricket Ireland announced on Thursday, that it had been finalised that the nation's first ever 5-day game would be played against Pakistan at home.

Since then, Cricket Ireland has been looking for the right opponent for the historic first match.

Pakistan is scheduled to tour England for two Tests, fives ODIs and a solitary T20I in May next year and Ireland hopes to use this window to organize the match at Malahide.

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

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"It's fantastic news for Irish cricket".

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.

"There's a special affinity between ourselves and Pakistan going back to the 2007 World Cup (when Ireland defeated Pakistan to knock it out of the group stage) and they've been regular tourists here over the past decade".

"It'll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time", Ireland captain William Porterfield said.

"It's sure to be an incredible and emotional experience for all involved". "We can hardly complain about compromising the traditional rhythms of Test cricket when Ireland hasn't played one yet", Deutrom was quoted as saying by Cricket Country last month".

"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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