Ireland to make their Test debut against Pakistan in May next year
Ireland's much-awaited Test debut has been confirmed with them hosting Pakistan in May next year.
William Porterfield's side along with Afghanistan were granted Test status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June following their consistent performances in the other formats and global events.
The decision on the contest follows after both the countries' respective boards reached an agreement in the ICC meeting held in Auckland this week.
Ireland Cricket CEO Warren Deutrom is delighted with the announcement and thanked the Pakistan board for accepting the invitation to be their first opponent in the longer format.
"We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year,” Deutrom said. "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.
"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."
The date and venue for the encounter will be announced by the Ireland board in due course of time.
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