Ireland's first cricket test a washout

Ireland lines up against Pakistan for their inaugural Test

Ireland lines up against Pakistan for their inaugural Test

Today is an historic day for Ireland as they would play their first ever Test match at global level against Pakistan at Malahide Ground in Dublin on Friday.

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

This was along with Afghanistan, raising the number of Test-playing nations from 10 to 12.

Ireland captain William Porterfield with his Pakistan counterpart Sarfaraz Ahmed.

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Pakistan's drawn four-day tour opener against Kent in Canterbury saw two whole days washed out, but conditions in Northampton allowed them to complete a morale-boosting win.

"It's a Test, it's called that for a reason, it's a test of everyone's attitude and mental ability towards the game".

"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. "We were a bunch of amateurs going to a World Cup and we had absolutely nothing to lose", he added. "The start of an fantastic journey and a day when the rest of the world sat up and took notice of us as a cricketing nation".

The Test is also set to be shown on networks in countries including the United States and Australia as part of Cricket Ireland's largest broadcast package deal. From an Irish perspective, securing Test status was a way of stopping leading players following Eoin Morgan, now England's one-day captain, from leaving to seek better opportunities over the Irish Sea.

The two channels will also have live coverage of Ireland's Twenty20 internationals with India on June 27 and 29.

"It just culminates in us being lucky enough to be the ones at that time in our careers to be able to take to the pitch to play that first Test match".

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