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16-Mar-2018 05:31:00 GMT
Pakistan in Ireland 2018

Ireland pick Malahide to host first ever Test

Dublin: Ireland cricket bosses have chosen Malahide near Dublin to host the inaugural Test match against Pakistan this year.

The side, who have been playing one-day internationals since 2006, were handed Test status in June last year, along with Afghanistan, and will make their debut in the five-day format in the May 11-15 match.

Pakistan were confirmed as Ireland's first Test opponents last month for a match which will start on 11 May.

Cricket has been played in Ireland for nearly 200 years but it was not until 1969 that they made the rest of the world game take notice when they bowled out the West Indies for just 25 at Sion Mills in a televised match.

Ireland have since established themselves during the course of several World Cups, recording one-day international wins over Pakistan, the West Indies and England.

Ireland's women have played one Test - also against Pakistan - in Dublin in July 2000, when the Irish won by an innings and 54 runs.

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