Dublin: Eire will play their first ever Check match towards Pakistan on dwelling soil subsequent Could, the nation’s cricket chiefs introduced on Thursday.
Afghanistan and Eire grew to become full members of the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) in June, taking the variety of nations who play the five-day format of the sport from 10 to 12.
Since then Cricket Eire has been on the lookout for the best opponent for the historic first match.
“We’re excited to welcome Pakistan to Eire for our inaugural Check match subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Cricket Eire chief government Warren Deutrom.
“It has been our want to make our Check debut in entrance of our personal followers inside 12 months of changing into a Check nation, and towards an enormous workforce, so I’m delighted.”
Pakistan are at the moment seventh within the Check rankings however had been high of the pile as lately as final 12 months.
“There may be plenty of work to do from now to make sure that it is going to be an event to recollect however we, and I’m positive our gamers and followers, cannot wait to rise to it,” Deutrom added.
Irish captain William Porterfield welcomed affirmation of the match, saying: “It’s unbelievable information for Irish cricket. It’s going to be a bit particular and it is all the time nice to be part of historical past.
“There is a particular affinity between ourselves and Pakistan going again to the 2007 World Cup and so they’ve been common vacationers right here over the previous decade.
“Check cricket is the top of our sport and I understand how a lot this recreation will imply to not solely the gamers however all concerned with Irish cricket. It’s going to be one other step on what has been an unbelievable journey for our sport in a comparatively brief passage of time.”
The precise date and venue for the match — agreed throughout an ICC assembly in Auckland, New Zealand, this week — have but to be confirmed.
Cricket has been performed in Eire for practically 200 years however it was not till 1969 that they made the remainder of the world recreation take true discover once they bowled out the Windies for simply 25 at Sion Mills in a televised match.
Eire have since established themselves throughout the course of a number of World Cups, recording one-day worldwide wins over Pakistan, the Windies and England.
Afghanistan and Eire joined an unique membership that additionally contains Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, the Windies, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
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