Rain ruins Ireland's opening day of maiden Test

Rain ruins Ireland's opening day of maiden Test

Ireland will not make their much-awaited historic Test debut until Saturday after the first day of their match against Pakistan was washed out.

"We've mentioned it amongst the squad, it would be pretty remiss if we didn't talk about everything that's gone before us".

"Every one that's ever worn the jersey and done things behind the scenes and devoted their lives to it deserve a lot of credit for what's going to happen tomorrow".

"In my career personally, we have gone from not having ODI status to having ODI status and everything else, now we'll be going out there and playing the first Test match for Ireland", said the skipper.

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Ireland, which famously knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup, will become the 11th men's Test nation when the coin is tossed at the Malahide ground.

Though Ireland would have to face well experienced and competitive Pakistan in their first very Test match but unlike ODIs and T20Is, Pakistan haven't been up to the mark in Test Cricket recently.

One player who will have to wait for a Test debut is Nathan Smith.

"There has been a lot of banging the drum", Porterfield told reporters at the Malahide ground.

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Captain William Porterfield has spoken boldly about being good enough to beat the visitors and Ireland have a great record in four-day games, but the step up in class is massive: the previous Test new boys Bangladesh took five years and 35 games to record their first win.

"Before taking any decision we will definitely discuss the situation with both the ICC security and Pakistan counterparts, but I can see that in the near future, a tour to Pakistan is possible", Deutrom added.

"It would be great if we could play quite a few Tests a year, but it is not financially viable as it stands", the 33-year-old added.

From here on, more people will pick up the game and more kids will play the game as well.

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Cricket Ireland confirmed that all ticket holders would receive a full refund, stating: "All of today's ticket-holders will receive a 100% refund".