Ireland's first cricket test a washout

May 13, 2018, 01:45
Ireland's first cricket test a washout

"It is a massive occasion for everyone involved in Irish cricket", said captain William Porterfield.

It was then the idea of becoming a Test nation, a status the International Cricket Council granted Ireland and Afghanistan previous year, took hold.

The Irish side is hopeful to again create the history. "But it would be remiss if we didn't talk about everything that has gone before us".

The toss was delayed when a fine drizzle set in just before the coin was set to go up so Ireland's XI will have to wait at least another day to make their Test debuts.

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"We're prepared to take risks", Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom told the 42.ie website.

Pakistan completed their preparations for the Test by drawing with Kent before claiming a nine-wicket win over Northamptonshire.

However, the hope is that taking a seat alongside cricket's leading nations, and the financial benefits such a position brings, will help develop the sport in the country.

"This week is all about Test cricket but doors and the financial aspect hopefully open up with being a full member". The game is thriving, more people are playing it, more people are getting interested in it so we've got to back ourselves.

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"Coming here and watching a Test in Ireland is a bit of a unique experience, this is a bit different to the SCG (the world-famous Sydney Cricket Ground) for us".

Pakistan will hand a debut to opener Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, who amassed almost 9,000 Test runs in his career.

To do that, coach Graham Ford needs a method, or a brand of cricket, that plays to the strengths of his team and the South African gave a hint of his plans when Barry McCarthy, an attacking but expensive bowler, was omitted in favour of more accurate seamers.

"In my career personally, we have gone from not having ODI status to having ODI status and everything else, now we'll be going out there and playing the first Test match for Ireland", said the skipper.

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The fairytale soon became a nightmare, however, when Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, the former England batsman who in his previous development role with the International Cricket Council had done much to raise the standard of non-Test nations, was found dead in his hotel room the next morning. We've also seen that some PSL matches were held in Lahore and Karachi and were incident-free.

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