New Delhi: In heart-warming news for Irish cricket fans, Ireland will make their Test match debut against Pakistan. Ireland will be hosting the Test match in the month of May next year. Ireland are one of the two new Test playing nations, the other being Afghanistan. There was an ICC meeting held in Auckland in New Zealand where both countries agreed on the game. The date and venue of the game will be announced in due course.

“We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year,” said Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom. “It has been our wish to make our Test debut in front of our own fans within 12 months of becoming a Test nation, and against a big team – so I’m delighted.”

“There is a lot of work to do from now to ensure that it will be an occasion to remember but we, and I’m sure our players and fans, can’t wait to rise to it,” Deutrom said.

“We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket, the Pakistan team has been a regular visitor to our shores in recent years, and their agreement to be our opponent on this important occasion for Irish cricket is further evidence of their terrific support.” (With PTI inputs)