DUBLIN: An unlikely venue at Malahide in Dublin will witness history when Ireland play their first Test match against the visiting Pakistan team from Friday.
It has taken 18 years for a new Test playing nation to emerge after Bangladesh, who faced India in their debut Test way back in 2000.
Ireland, who along with Afghanistan were awarded Full Member status by the International Cricket Council last June, will be the first to make their debut in Tests, while come June 14, Afghanistan will play their first Test against India in Bengaluru.
Ireland has a rich tradition in the game as cricket had been played there since 1700. In the nineteenth century, several Irish clubs were formed and the first ‘national’ team took the field in 1855 in a game against a team from England in Dublin. Incidentally, the first touring team to play in Ireland was the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1858.
Pakistan will now go down in cricket history as the first nation to play a Test match against Ireland.
Sarfraz wishes Ireland well ahead of historic first Test
Pakistani captain Sarfraz Ahmed said it was a privilege to be a part of this historic first Test against Ireland.
“All of us are really looking forward to it. Ireland, which has a great tradition of cricket, is playing at home and I wish them all the best at this big moment,” he said in an ICC press release issued here.
“Ireland players feature prominently in the ICC ODI and T20I player rankings, and I am confident that in due course they will also make their mark in the Test rankings.”
He said Ireland players” feature prominently in the ICC ODI and T20 player rankings, and I am confident that in due course they will also make their mark in the test rankings.
Pakistan will gain one point with a win against Ireland and reach 87 points while a draw will see them slip to 84 and a loss to 81 points.
The table is led by India at 125 points with South Africa placed second at 112. Australia (106) and New Zealand (102) are placed third and fourth.