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Ireland to play inaugural Test from May 11

Ireland will take on Pakistan from May 11-15, 2018.

Here is the good news for cricket lovers, because now the two teams i.e Ireland and Afghanistan included in members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, taking the number of countries who play the five-day format of the game from 10 to 12. Ireland had expressed a desire to host play their maiden Test inside 12 months of becoming a Test nation and finalised Pakistan as their opponents on October 12 at the ICC Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand.

“This new Committee is a reflection of the need for specialised skills and experience in the modern, professional high performance sphere as Irish cricket develops as a fully-fledged Test nation,” Richard Holdsworth, CI Performance Director, said. “Having a stand-alone performance committee also reflects best practice in other major sports while we are delighted with the caliber of our first intake on the committee, comprising high-quality individuals from inside and outside cricket.”

The CI board also decided to uncouple roles of the Selection Committee Chief with that of the Independent Director for international cricket with a view to avoiding a possible conflict in the future. It also officially recognised the Irish Cricketers Association (ICA), which represents the interests of cricketers in Ireland and is now a new member of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA).

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