The newest inclusion in Test cricket, Ireland would face Pakistan in their inaugural match of the elite cricket. An ICC release said on Wednesday that Pakistan will play a ‘red ball’ match against Ireland in April, 2018.
The International Cricket Council release also said Ireland will have the opportunity to play their first Test in front of the home crowd, that the match is scheduled to take place in Dublin.
The discussions between Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland is going on upon the issue, any official confirmation regarding the matter is yet to be come out under light.
The Test match might be of four days instead of usual five days as Ireland is accustomed to play four day matches in Intercontinental Cup.
Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Officer Warren Deutrom said “We can hardly complain about compromising the traditional rhythms of Test cricket when Ireland hasn’t played one yet.”
Deutrom was quoted as saying, “In fact, one might even argue that the four-day experiment is more likely to suit us given our familiarity with the Intercontinental Cup.”
Ireland became the 12th Test playing country after they became full member of International Cricket Council along with Afghanistan in the earlier part of the year.