Latest Test entrants Ireland will be making their debut in the five-day format when they take on Pakistan at home in May next year, Cricket Ireland confirmed on Thursday(October 12). The announcement was made following an agreement between both boards during the ICC meetings in Auckland this week. Ireland and Afghanistan became the 11th and 12th Full Members of the ICC after they were given Test status in June 2017.
“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,” Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland’s CEO, said.
The announcement delighted Ireland skipper William Porterfield, who recalled Ireland’s ODI victory against Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup – the team’s first victory against a Test nation. Till date, that’s Ireland’s only victory against Pakistan across formats, although these sides were involved in a thrilling tie in an ODI in Dublin in 2013.
The exact dates and the venue for Ireland’s Test debut is yet to be announced.