Pakistan tour possible, says Cricket Ireland chief

Pakistan tour possible, says Cricket Ireland chief

In what could be termed a major boost to the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB's) efforts to regularize the conduct of worldwide cricket matches in the country, Ireland has expressed interest in touring Pakistan for a cricket series in future.

Morgan believes Ireland have been "justly rewarded" for their impressive performances over the last 10 years, which have included World Cup wins over major Test-playing nations Pakistan, England and the West Indies.

While Pakistan's opening tour game was a soggy affair at Kent, they show some impressive form to brush aside Northamptonshire by nine wickets on Monday. "It's a very proud feeling", Imam said. "While not comparing the two bowlers we have come up against a very good legspinner [Rashid] over the last couple of years and we're going to get that again this week". We've had two very good four-day matches, the guys were working hard and talking to our batting coach.

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Imamul Haq is set to make his Test debut when Pakistan face Ireland in Dublin on Friday.

"Hopefully it's a really good occasion and we can kick on them from there to really grow the game and Pakistan, it feels they would like to get us to go back and play them in the winter and they've been great supporters of Irish cricket".

Born in Dublin, Morgan played for the country of his birth in the 2007 Cricket World Cup featuring in the sides that beat Pakistan and drew with Zimbabwe.

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"It is a massive occasion for everyone involved in Irish cricket", Porterfield told reporters. The match has its own significance - it is Ireland's first ever Test match after being granted Test status by the ICC around a year ago. Fans who have supported the Irish team in the shorter formats of the game will turn out in force to watch this historic occasion. "We hope they will play good and be a very good side in future". However, since then, they have slipped in the rankings and are now placed a lowly seventh. The most recent, two-meter-tall (6-foot-7) fast bowler Boyd Rankin, achieved his test ambition for England in 2014 and returned to Ireland in 2016. In between they travel to South Africa. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has already declared that Pakistan will be playing with the same playing XI which took to the field against Northamptonshire in a practice match.

Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq has admitted that it will be a dream come true for him if he gets the opportunity to make his Test debut in the historic match against Ireland on Friday.

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It was a much-appreciated decision by the ICC to grant Test status to Ireland and Afghanistan, who have been the most consistent performers among the Associate Nations over the years.

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