Ireland to make Test debut against Pakistan

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

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

The International Cricket Council has confirmed Wednesday they're close to finalising details of Ireland's inaugural Test match. The decision was made after the two cricket boards reached a decision at an ICC meeting in Auckland this week.

Ireland have since established themselves during the course of several World Cups, recording one-day global wins over Pakistan, the West Indies and England.

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

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.

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Pakistan were top of the test match rankings as recently as previous year before slipping back after the retirement of captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior batsman Younis Khan. Initially, a two-tier system of cricket league's had been proposed to ease the two sides into the Test cricket, to avoid a Bangladesh like disaster, but now it seems that Ireland has chose to jump in and play Pakistan as their first Test opponents.

Porterfield continued: "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".

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.

"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".

The subcontinent team might not play another Test until the proposed clash with Ireland next year.

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