Ireland cricket team to play first test match

11 May, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Ireland famously knocked Pakistan out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007

Sarfraz said that Pakistan would field the same XI that beat Northamptonshire, meaning Test debuts for Imam-ul-Haq and Faheem Ashraf. "Everybody knows that Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have just retired and our young guys have to do a lot of work". It doesn't matter, against Ireland or England, we have to play good cricket and that will give us confidence, and make our youngsters to do well in the England series.

Joyce, who has also represented England in worldwide cricket, is the most experienced Ireland player in first-class cricket, having played 254 matches, scoring 18,414 runs with 47 centuries. "I'm very hopeful that I'll do well in this series", he said.

The PCB Chairman Najam Sethi will be attending the Test match on Friday and says that there is no room for a tour at the moment. We are blessed in our sport to have three fantastic formats and with that comes the challenge for players of where to place their focus, but this week has reminded me of the importance of Test cricket in that mix.

"But you know what?"

Imam burst onto the scene during the U-19 Asia Cup in 2012.

Known for his flamboyant stroke-play, Imam is a left-handed middle-order batsman and represents Lahore in the domestic circuit. "He scored two fifties in the practice matches, that's why we are going with him".

Going into the match, No.7 ranked Pakistan expectedly start as the favourites and can boast of World No.10 Test batsman in opener Azhar Ali as the top ranked batsman. I'd like to think they'll leave Malahide, fans of Test cricket as well as ODIs and T20Is.

"Hopefully it's a really good occasion and we can kick on them from there to really grow the game and Pakistan, it feels they would like to get us to go back and play them in the winter and they've been great supporters of Irish cricket". Fans who have supported the Irish team in the shorter formats of the game will turn out in force to watch this historic occasion. However, since then, they have slipped in the rankings and are now placed a lowly seventh.

It will be a very special day for everyone connected with the game in Ireland and the fruition of a long-term ambition to play Test cricket. The table is led by India at 125 points with South Africa placed second at 112.

It was a much-appreciated decision by the ICC to grant Test status to Ireland and Afghanistan, who have been the most consistent performers among the Associate Nations over the years.

Nathan Smith has withdrawn from the Ireland Test Match squad due to injury, Craig Young has been called up as cover ahead of Friday's Test Match, according to Cricket Ireland.

The pressure will certainly be on the likes of Imam, Babar Azam and Azhar Ali.



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