Ireland prepare to play against Pakistan at Malahide in Dublin from Friday in what will be a momentous first Test match for a country with a rich tradition of the game.
The European side will become the first to debut in Tests since Bangladesh did so in November 2000 against India, after being awarded Full Member status last June along with Afghanistan.
The match will be Ireland’s first step towards being ranked on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings while providing their players with the opportunity to make an entry into the individual rankings with strong performances against the seventh-ranked side.
Ireland captain William Porterfield: “It is a massive occasion for everyone involved in Irish cricket., something that we have built up to for a long time, since the decision was made in June 2017 to get across the line in terms of Full Membership. Everyone has been looking forward to this week, so it is a big occasion for all involved.
“For the 11 lads who will take the pitch, it will be a fantastic occasion for them and their families but we have to also remember everything that has gone before in Irish cricket in terms of getting us to this stage, over the years.
“You’ve got a lot of past players – some of them are here with us, some aren’t, but we have to remember and recognise what they have done to get us to this stage because if it wasn’t for them, and everything that they have done, we would not have been lucky enough to be taking the field, come Friday.”
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: “It is a privilege to be a part of this historic Test match and all of us are really looking forward to it. Ireland, who have a great tradition of cricket, are playing at home and I wish them all the best in this big moment.
When: May 11, 11:00 AM IST
Venue: The Village, Dublin
Ireland : William Porterfield (C), Andrew Balbirnie, Ed Joyce, Tyrone Kane, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (W), Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Craig Young, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson
Pakistan : Sarfraz Ahmed (C) (W), Mohammad Abbas, Hassan Ali, Rahat Ali, Saad Ali, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Sami Aslam,Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Usman Salahuddin, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Fakhar Zaman
William Porterfield (C), Andrew Balbirnie, Ed Joyce, James Shannon, Niall O’Brien / Gary wilson, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Andy McBrine, Stuart Thompson.
Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Harish Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(C)(W), Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali / Fahim Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas , Rahat Ali.
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