Ireland have been working hard to play their first-ever Test match    Getty Images
Ireland have been working hard to play their first-ever Test match Getty Images

It was indeed a historic moment for Ireland when they were awarded the Test status a few months back by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Since then, Ireland have been working hard to play their first-ever Test match. Now, it seems they are edging closer to another history with a four-day Test, ICC’s new concept of the format. They are likely to play against Pakistan at Dublin in 2018. Although the official confirmation is yet to come form the ICC, but things look set for Ireland’s maiden Test. Meanwhile, the ICC are also reported to have been drawing closer to the final details regarding the match. Ireland prepared to play four-day Tests, confirms Warren Deutrom

According to cricket.com.au, an ICC spokesperson confirmed to them that Ireland are set to play against Pakistan in Dublin in 2018. The talks are already underway in an ICC meeting in Auckland this week, and a slot between April and May are being considered for the match to happen. It would also be a preparatory match for Pakistan ahead of their two-Test series against hosts England in 2018. Nevertheless, it is also being speculated that should the match go ahead, Ireland would be at significant advantage considering their home conditions. The weather conditions would be comparatively chilly for Pakistan as the temperature is expected to be around 11 degrees. Graham Ford set to replace John Bracewell

Meanwhile, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom had admitted that Ireland would be looking to support the new four-day concept of the format owing to their success in the format so far. “We can hardly complain about compromising the traditional rhythms of Test cricket when Ireland hasn t played one yet. In fact, one might even argue that the four-day experiment is more likely to suit us given our familiarity with the Intercontinental Cup,” said Deutrom to cricbuzz in September.