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Ireland's Test debut against Pak in 2018

Ireland will play their first ever Test match against Pakistan on home soil next May, the country's cricket chiefs announced Thursday.

Afghanistan and Ireland became full members of the ICC in June, taking the number of countries who play the five-day format from 10 to 12.

Since then Cricket Ireland (CI) has been looking for the right opponent for the historic first match.

"We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year," said CI chief executive Warren Deutrom.

"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."

Irish captain William Porterfield welcomed confirmation of the match, saying: "It's fantastic news for Irish cricket. It's going to be a bit special and it's always great to be a part of history.

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