Ireland will host Pakistan for two One-Day Internationals in Belfast in May, Cricket Ireland have confirmed, with funding for the series coming from the Irish Sports Council, Sport NI, the ICC and team sponsor RSA.
The only previous meeting between the two in a One-Day International was on St. Patrick's Day in 2007, when Ireland won a World Cup match by in Kingston, Jamaica.
They would go on to qualify for the Super Eight stages of the tournament at Pakistan's expense and the two sides will now meet again on 27th and 29th May at the Stormont ground in Belfast.
"Following our recent World Cup campaign, the need to play the world’s best teams on a more regular basis has become more pressing than ever to give us the experience to continue to compete at the highest level," Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said.
"The RSA Series gives us precisely that opportunity, and we are extremely grateful to our four major financial supporters for their swift and generous response to Cricket Ireland. Their commitment to our excellence has been unwavering and is greatly appreciated.
"We are also extremely grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for agreeing to these fixtures, particularly coming as they do at the end of a long time away from home for the squad.”
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt added: "The fight that the Irish team displayed at the World Cup lit up the event and has added a new flavor to international cricket. The Pakistan team’s upcoming tour is in line with ICC and PCB’s vision of cricket development and support to Associate members. We anticipate a hard fought series as the irish team has shown that they are capable of playing against the best in the World."
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