Pakistan to battle Ireland in historic Test today after rain washes out day one

DUBLIN (Monitoring Desk) – With rain wiping out the first day of the highly anticipated test match between Pakistan and Ireland, both the teams will be looking forward to the remaining four days.

“There will sadly be no play on day one of our first men’s Test,” Cricket Ireland tweeted yesterday.

The match will now be a four-day Test with follow-on imposed on the teams to be of 150 runs rather than 200.

“If we can get some walk up with good weather (on Saturday), hopefully it will be a more appropriate environment to start our first ball in Test cricket,”Ireland cricket chief executive Warren Deutrom told BBC.

“Of course it’s disappointing but what I don’t want to do is go around with a massive long face, projecting misery because it isn’t that. We’re still hugely proud.”

A 100 per cent refund was also announced for Friday’s ticket-holders.

Ireland will become just the 11th nation to play men’s Test cricket when they face Pakistan at Dublin’s Malahide cricket ground.

They will become the first team to debut in the longest format of the game since Bangladesh in 2000, after being awarded full member status last June along with Afghanistan.

Ireland was expected to enter the cricket ground in what would have deemed a historic moment in their cricketing history on Friday. As test debutants, the Irish have a lot to prove as they are yet to take on the Pakistan cricket team — known for its unpredictability.

On the other hand, the Pakistani cricket team will not be taking the Irish lightly, because Ireland will look to do what no side has done in 141 years: win their inaugural test match.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq will make his Test debut for Pakistan in the historic red-ball fixture.

The opener scored a century in his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in October 2017, said he would also like to make his debut Test a memorable with his performance.

Former England seamer Boyd Rankin has been included in the Irish squad and is hoping to become the first man in 25 years to play Test cricket for two countries.

Veteran batsman Ed Joyce, who has played 17 one-day internationals (ODI) for England from 2006 to 2007, will also make his Test debut.

The match will start at 3PM PST.

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