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 (ICC) 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 a 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,” he added.
“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,” said Irish captain William Porterfield while welcoming confirmation of the match. “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,” added the Irish captain.
“Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and I know how much this game will mean to not only the players but to 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.”—Agencies