Sunday 18 August 2019

Malahide to host historic Ireland Test match against Pakistan

Andrew Balbirnie of Ireland, centre, is congratulated by team mates after catching out Max O'Dowd of Netherlands during the ICC Intercontinental Cup match between Ireland and Netherlands at Malahide in Co Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Andrew Balbirnie of Ireland, centre, is congratulated by team mates after catching out Max O'Dowd of Netherlands during the ICC Intercontinental Cup match between Ireland and Netherlands at Malahide in Co Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Cricket Ireland have confirmed that Malahide Cricket Club will host Ireland's first Test match against Pakistan from Friday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 15th.

Ireland and Afghanistan were awarded Test status in June after both nations were granted full membership by the International Cricket Council.

Ireland had been playing as an affiliate member since 1993 but will now host their inaugural Test match against Pakistan in the Spring.

Welcoming the announcement, Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said: “We are delighted that Malahide has agreed to host this historic game against Pakistan.

"Even in its short history of hosting our matches, the club has already given us some wonderful memories, and we trust that May 11th and its ensuing days will provide many more.

“We would like to thank the club’s members for their continuing hospitality.”

Irish captain William Porterfield said last month that the first Test with Pakistan will be a historic occasion for Irish cricket and that there is a special affinity that exists between the two nations.

“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.

“Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and I know how much this game will mean to not only the players but all involved with Irish cricket. It’ll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time.

“It’s sure to be an incredible and emotional experience for all involved. I know how much this will mean to all the players and just how much we all will forward to our dream of being Test cricketers realised. I’m certain there will be an incredible atmosphere from both sets of fans who will be keen to witness a piece of history.”

Tickets for the match will go sale on Ticketmaster from 10am on Wednesday November 22nd.

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