Ireland will be making their Test debut in next year against Pakistan in May. Cricket Ireland has confirmed their first Test opponents on Thursday.
Ireland and Afghanistan were granted Test statuses as the 11th and 12th nations in June this year. It was a matter of time for these two sides to make debut into Test cricket.
After ICC meetings in Auckland this week, Cricket Ireland and Pakistan Cricket Board came to an agreement to play a Test match in Ireland.
“We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year. 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,” said CI CEO Warren Deutrom.
“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.
“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.”
Pakistan will tour Ireland before their two-Test tour to England which begins in late May. The date and venue is yet to be announced.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com