Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Pakistan VS Ireland: A Historic Test Match Delayed Due To Rain

Only Test between Pakistan and Ireland will start at Malahide today Only Test between Pakistan and Ireland will start at Malahide today
Cecil Davis | 13 May, 2018, 01:48

Pakistan are without the injured Yasir Shah for a tour where, after their match against Ireland, they will also play two Tests in England.

"I think it is a great achievement for Ireland Cricket that they will be playing worldwide cricket", he said at his pre-match press conference.

But the sport's reputation suffered from being seen as the creation of English "colonisers".

That this match had captured the attention of an Irish public used to Gaelic sports, racing and rugby holding sway, could be seen from the fact that a preview of the match was the main item on Thursday's evening television news bulletin on RTE, Ireland's national state broadcaster.

Both the Ireland and Afghanistan teams were elevated to Test status by ICC, last year.

Earlier this month, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom told the42.ie this match would "probably cost us around 1million euros" - a figure they will not recoup in terms of ticketing and hospitality. Joyce has also represented England in Tests; becomes first after Kepler Wessels to represent two nations in Test match cricket. Although no one knew it at the time, Ireland's win perversely damaged the cause of aspiring cricket nations. That's a risk. "But you know what?"

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"Pakistan play with flair as a group of cricketers, and if we are not disciplined they could take the game away from us pretty quickly", Ford said, knowing that at this level it is often as effective to bore out a batsman than bowl him out.

Ireland 14-member squad will be led by William Porterfield.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi, who will be in Dublin for the historic Test, however insisted that there was no room for a tour in the near future as Pakistan have a packed schedule in the next 12 months.

"It is a big honour for me and my team to play this historic Test match - the first Test match to be played in Ireland", said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

"Yes, there's been a lot of banging the drum and things like that, and it's going to be a pretty special occasion for the XI that takes the field".