Ireland to play first Test against Pakistan
Ireland will play their first-ever Test match in front of their home crowd in May 2018 against Pakistan.
The two countries agreed to play one-off Test before Pakistan’s two-Test tour of England during the ICC meetings in Auckland this week.
We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year," CEO Warren Deutrom said. "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."
Ireland were granted Test status alongside Afghanistan earlier this year.