Dublin: Ireland will play their first Test against Pakistan at home in May 2018, Cricket Ireland confirmed the news on Thursday.
The announcement was made following an agreement between the two boards during the ICC meetings in Auckland this week. Ireland and Afghanistan had become 11th and 12th Full Members of the ICC which granted them Test status in June 2017.
Incidentally, Ireland had record their first win against a Test playing nation against Pakistan back in 2007 during the World Cup. Later in 2013, they played out a tie in an ODI in Dublin.
Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom welcomed the development. “We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year. 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,” he said.
Ireland skipper William Porterfield expressed delight with the announcement and recalled the miraculous win in 2007. “It’s fantastic news for Irish cricket. It’s going to be a bit special and it’s always great to be a part of history. There’s a special affinity between ourselves and Pakistan going back to the 2007 World Cup and they’ve been regular tourists here over the past decade.”
The dates and venue are yet to be announced but it is believed that the match will be played in Dublin.