Cricket Ireland: Rain delays debut Test versus Pakistan

Niall and Kevin O’Brien celebrate beating Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup at Sabina Park in Jamaica

The lone and historic test match between Pakistan and Ireland begins at Dublin's Malahide ground in Ireland today (Friday).

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.

"Ireland players feature prominently in the ICC ODI and T20I player rankings, and I am confident that in due course they will also make their mark in the Test rankings".

Ireland's inaugural Test comes more than a decade after their shock win over Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup. Since the year 2000, when cricket fraternity had seen Bangladesh make Test debut, it's the first time that a new team is being welcomed in the Test-cricket family.

"It is a bit stereotypical, but if we get a bit of sideways movement it is the main aspect we want to bring to the table".

"Not only over the last five or 10 years, which everyone remembers most, but every cricketer who has ever played for Ireland".

A two-Test series against England follows the game against Ireland and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes it will be tough to beat the "boys in green".

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"It allows us to completely grow the game within Ireland, allows it to become more sustainable". We've never had Test cricket in Ireland before.

Ireland were granted associate status by the ICC in 1993 and have been playing one-day internationals since 2006.

Dublin-born England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan said it was "the start of a different journey for Ireland cricket".

Sarfraz said it was a great moment for the team to be a part of the historic Test. "In a country like Ireland where the game at worldwide level is still bedding down in the mainstream environment and a five-day game in a country where it probably rains more than others?" "We were a bunch of amateurs going to a World Cup and we had absolutely nothing to lose", he added.

"The last practice match was very good - everything was complete, batsmen batted well, bowlers bowled well, so we are ready to play a Test match".

With a quick glance at accuweather, our boy Kaushik Rangarajan says, the rain probability for the first three days of the Test is going to be 92, 94, 94.

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