Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

ICC confirms Ireland to play historic first test against Pakistan

ICC confirms Ireland to play historic first test against Pakistan

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the green light to a test championship and one-day international league, while countries are also welcome to experiment with four-day tests, the world governing body said on Friday.

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.

It will culminate with a final in 2021, with previous reports hinting that match could take place at Lord's, while the one-day worldwide league will get underway in 2021 and determine qualification for the 2023 World Cup. Cricket has been played in Ireland for almost 200 years but it was not until 1969 that they made the rest of the world game take true notice when they bowled out the West Indies for just 25 at Sion Mills in a televised match.

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

Cricket South Africa (CSA) are awaiting approval for the four-day, day/night fixture, which would also be their first home "pink ball" Test.

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

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ICC chief executive Dave Richardson hailed Friday's agreement as "a significant point in time for ICC members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for global bilateral cricket".

"This is a significant point in time for ICC members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for global bilateral cricket".

The ODI series will become a direct qualification pathway to the World Cup. "I would like to congratulate our members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first", he said.

"Test matches have witnessed a decline in attendances in recent years, throwing the door open to a number of means to engage fans, including the introduction of day-night Tests".

"The ICC Board decision means we can now go and finalise a playing schedule.as well as the points system, hosting arrangements and competition terms".

South Africa and Zimbabwe will meet over four days in the first scheduled four-day Test from Boxing Day. This has been delivered and every Test in the new League will be a five-day Test format.

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