Having been verified as a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Ireland was also given their much awaited test status earlier on June this year. And now it’s been confirmed that their test debut will be in May, 2018 with Pakistan travelling to Ireland. Alongside Afghanistan, William Porterfield’s men were given the prestigious test status for their consistent presence in World Cups & also the growing attraction of cricket in the country. The test series decision was confirmed on Friday (October 13th) in ICC’s governing body’s meeting in Auckland.
Ireland’s cricket head. Warren Deutrom was very happy with thw announcement and personally thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for accepting their historical invitation. Deutrom said, “We are excited to welcome Pakistan for our inaugural Test match next year. It’s 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. There is a lot of work to do from now to ensure that it will be an occasion to remember but we, and I’m sure our players and fans, can’t wait to rise to it”. He then added, “We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket – the Pakistan team has been a regular visitor to our shores in recent years, and their agreement to be our opponent on this important occasion for Irish cricket is further evidence of their terrific support.”
Even though the series is confirmed, the dates are not set yet. But Deutrom said that’ll be taken care of in due course.