Rain ruins Ireland's opening day of maiden Test

13 May, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Bennie Parsons
  • Only Test between Pakistan and Ireland will start at Malahide today

Ramsey recalled playing in the cricket street leagues in Donegal, a Gaelic football stronghold, and having to bow his head in team photos for fear the Gaelic Athletic Association, which until 1971 banned members from playing or attending so-called "foreign games", would forbid him from playing football.

Though Ireland would have to face well experienced and competitive Pakistan in their first very Test match but unlike ODIs and T20Is, Pakistan haven't been up to the mark in Test Cricket recently.

Forecasts predicted that the rain would clear in the afternoon, however, that proved inaccurate as further downpours made it impossible to start the first day's play at the north Co Dublin venue.

Visiting skipper Sarfraz Ahmed admitted it will be an honour for Pakistan to be involved in the historic occasion - and believes Irish cricket will benefit greatly from the chance to play Test cricket.

Pakistan will arrive at the Malahide ground as firm favourites but Ireland captain William Porterfield hoped some classic local conditions would favour his side.

Ireland won by three wickets but the joy in defeating Pakistan - as well as Bangladesh - in 2007 was as nothing compared to four years later when England were beaten in a World Cup match in Bangalore.


There are records of cricket being played in Ireland as early as 1731.

They made an even bigger global splash when they knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 one-day worldwide World Cup tournament with a stunning St Patrick's Day win at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

That success redoubled Irish ambitions to play five-day Test cricket, still regarded as the sport's supreme format.

The opening batsman added: "We're obviously pretty excited".

Ireland's victory came just 48 hours after they had exceeded many people's expectations by playing out a tie with another Test side in Zimbabwe.

"I played cricket way back in the '50s and as a child, of course, you dreamed of playing the worldwide stuff", said Barry Ramsey, 76, who travelled from the north-west county of Donegal with his son, Barclay, to see the landmark match against Pakistan.

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