Pakistan in line to become Ireland's first ever Test opponents in 2018

Pakistan in line to become Ireland's first ever Test opponents in 2018

Ireland were inducted as full time ICC member which granted them Test playing status.

While Ireland is still to have their Test debut and Pakistan has an upper hand of more than half a century in experience, the single game could prove a challenging one for Pakistan. It has been believed that Ireland's inaugural Test match will take place in Dublin against Pakistan next year.

While all Test championship matches will be played over five days, the ICC Board also approved the trial of four-day Tests in bilateral series up until 2019, following South Africa's request to play a match over that distance against Zimbabwe during their forthcoming home season.

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.

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".

"It's going to be a bit special and it's always great to be a part of history".

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Cricket Ireland officials will be travelling to Auckland in New Zealand for the ICC Board meeting this week where they will lobby for global fixtures for the next two calendar years. "It has been our wish to make our Test debut in front of our own fans within 12 months of becoming a Test nation, and against a big team - so I'm delighted".

"It's sure to be an incredible and emotional experience for all involved.

This has been delivered and every Test in the new League will be a five-day Test format", the ICC chief executive David Richardson said.

"Our priority was to develop an worldwide cricket structure that gave context and meaning across global cricket and particularly in the Test arena".

"We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket", Deutrom added. Spokesperson for Cricket Ireland declined to confirm whether the Test has been locked in.

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