It is great news for Irish Cricket as they are set to play their first Test against Pakistan. International Cricket Council (ICC) made the announcement after a meeting held at Auckland. Earlier this year, ICC granted full-member status to Ireland along Afghanistan. Pakistan is set to tour Ireland next year for the one-off Test before their two-match series in England in 2018.
It is believed that Dublin is set to preferred choice for the one-off Test but the location and date is yet to be finalized by cricket authorities in Ireland. Bangladesh got their Test status way back in 2000 but has yet to make big impact in the format.
Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said that he is delighted that Ireland is all set to play their debut Test against Pakistan next year. He said that a lot of hard work has been put in all by all the stakeholders in helping Ireland accomplish many feats in the game of cricket. Deutrom stated that he would like to thank Pakistan Cricket Board for their support and giving their consent to play the one-off Test.
Ireland Captain William Porterfield also spoke on the issue that Test cricket is always benchmark for evaluating good players. He said that it means a lot to all the players representing Ireland and will try their best to produce their best cricket in their debut game against Pakistan next year. It is great step for Cricket in Ireland as they would want to prove a point at the highest level after ICC did face a lot of flak from many circles on pre-maturely awarding full membership to Bangladesh way back in 2000.
The side has good players in the squad and would be keen to put up a good in their backyard as they brace themselves for their maiden test against Pakistan next year.