Ireland to make Test debut at home to Pakistan in May

Ireland and Pakistan in a one-day international in Malahide in 2016

Ireland finally learned their opposition for their first match as a test nation with news that Pakistan will come to Dublin.

Ireland and Afghanistan were granted full Test membership rights after years of lobbying in the Annual General Meeting of the ICC in London earlier this June.

Agreement was reached during the International Cricket Council meeting in Auckland, with the match's date and venue yet to be confirmed.

Ireland played their first one-day worldwide against England in 2006 and qualified for the World Cup the following year, where they beat Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Cricket Ireland has since been looking for suitable opponents for their opening clash in the five-day game.

Pakistan's trip to Ireland will take place before their two-Test tour of England which begins in late May.

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"We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year", Warren Deutrom, the Cricket Ireland CEO, has been quoted as saying by cricketireland.ie. One is also reminded of the monumental defeat of Pakistan at the hands of Ireland at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, a point often called the turning point for Ireland Cricket.

Any changes to Test cricket must be in line with in with the sport's new global structure, the head of the International Cricket Players' Union (FICA) Tony Irish said.

"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".

While Ireland has only been admitted to test status this year, cricket has existed in the country since the 18th century and the national team, like its rugby union counterpart, represents both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

"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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