News– 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.
“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,” Deutrom said.