Irish cricketers to play Pakistan in first test match

Irish cricketers to play Pakistan in first test match

Cricket Ireland officials will be travelling to Auckland in New Zealand for the ICC Board meeting this week where they will lobby for worldwide fixtures for the next two calendar years.

Pakistan is scheduled to tour England for two Tests, fives ODIs and a solitary T20I in May next year and Ireland hopes to use this window to organize the match at Malahide.

The ODI league, involving the ICC's 12 full members and the victor of the World Cricket League - 13 teams in total - will begin in 2020 and will become the pathway to qualification for the ICC World Cup. The 13th place in the ODI league will be taken by the victor of the ongoing ICC World Cricket League Championship.

Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, said that member countries had moved with the times by accepting the need for greater context for global cricket, responding to the demands of broadcasters, sponsors and fans.

The moves are created to add "context" to all test and one-day matches during the cycle of the league, answering concerns that test cricket's popularity has been supported exclusively on existing rivalry between nations.

"We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket", Deutrom added.


The ODI series will become a direct qualification pathway to the World Cup.

Reflecting on the move, ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said, "I would like to congratulate our Members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first".

ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson told reporters in Auckland on Friday that while details still needed to be worked out, the test championship would commence after the 50-overs World Cup in 2019 and culminate with a final in mid-2021.

Deutrom said a venue and exact date for the test had yet to be confirmed, but the country has played one-day internationals in both Belfast and Dublin. Each series is tipped to be worth 100 league points, 60 awarded to the series victor and 40 distributed on the basis of results in individual matches. Members will be able to schedule four-day games by bilateral agreement and a set of standardised playing conditions will now be finalised.

Numerous questions remain about how the new league structures will unfold, particularly around the fraught issue of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan.

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