Ireland vs Pakistan
The Big Picture
18 years after Irish Women made their Test debut, their Men’s counterparts will embark on a new journey as they take on Pakistan in their first-ever 5-day game at Malahide in Dublin.
It will be a fairytale for the likes of 39-year-old Ed Joye, one of the oldest Test debutants, the O’Brien brothers and their skipper William Porterfield, all of whom have strived for nearly a decade to finally earn the Full Member status by the ICC last year. They have good memories of their opponents off course, having beaten them in the 2007 World Cup on St.George’s day, to subsequently knock them out of the competition.
As for Pakistan, it will be a start of a new chapter in their Test Cricket history post the retirements of Younus and Misbah, with as many as five players in Fakhar Zaman, Sami Aslam, Saad Ali, and Imam-ul-Haq set to make their debut.
Pitch and Weather Conditions:
It’s early summer in Ireland, and the rain is never far away. Hence the momentous occasion could be marred by the weather, and if it does relent, overcast conditions will certainly aid bowlers, making batting in the first two days pretty challenging.
Implications of the result for both sides
It wouldn’t be an easy ride for Ireland, as not many teams have found early success in the Test journeys, and even if they do script a fairytale win, it won’t be enough to put them on the rankings table. Ireland will have to play eight Tests before making the grade.
As for Pakistan, a win will gain them a solitary point, and anything less will result in them losing points.
William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Ed Joyce, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (wk), Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Craig Young, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson (wk)
Sarfraz Ahmed (c/wk), Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Faheem Ashraf
Where to watch Ireland vs Pakistan?
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