Malahide to host Ireland’s debut Test

Ireland will play their debut Test match against Pakistan in Malahide in May next year, the country’s cricket board confirmed on Tuesday.

The ICC granted Ireland and Afghanistan Test status in June and now the Irish have finalised the dates for their first fixture in the longest format will be played from 11-15 May at the Malahide Cricket Club.

In October the Ireland Cricket board said they had successfully negotiated with Pakistan to be their first Test opponents and now they also have a venue.

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Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said in a statement: “We are delighted that Malahide has agreed to host this historic game against Pakistan.

“Even in its short history of hosting our matches, the club has already given us some wonderful memories, and we trust that May 11th and its ensuing days will provide many more.”

Malahide chairman Ciaran Keohane said: “Malahide Cricket Club is delighted to host the Inaugural Test match in Ireland. We are looking forward to welcoming both teams to The Village.

“This is a great showcase not only for Irish cricket but for Malahide and the wider Fingal area.”