Irish cricketers to play Pakistan in first test match

It has emerged that Ireland could play their first ever Test in front of home fans in Dublin against Pakistan.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to approve plans for its long-awaited World Test Championship at a meeting in New Zealand this week, it was reported on Monday.

An agreement between the two countries was reached during the ICC meeting in Auckland this week.

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Ireland played their first one-day global against England in 2006 and qualified for the World Cup the following year, where they beat Pakistan and Bangladesh. With the chilly European conditions and a nervy Pakistan squad, Ireland might just be looking towards making a dream entry on cricket's most prestigious stage.

ICC said in a media release on Tuesday that Pakistan will play a "red ball" match against Ireland in April before their two-Test tour of England in 2018.

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

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Ireland captain William Porterfield said: "It's fantastic news for Irish cricket".

"There's a special affinity between ourselves and Pakistan going back to the 2007 World Cup (when Ireland defeated Pakistan to knock it out of the group stage) and they've been regular tourists here over the past decade". "It'll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time".

"We can hardly complain about compromising the traditional rhythms of Test cricket when Ireland hasn't played one yet", Deutrom told Cricket Country last month.

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Ireland's much-awaited Test debut has been confirmed with them hosting Pakistan in May next year.

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