Ireland's debut day off to a damp beginning

Pauline Obrien
May 13, 2018

Let's hope that cricket venues can keep investing in their ground and improving their facilities, allowing every opportunity for as much cricket to be played as possible.

"We've got a lot of those boxes ticked off and we're confident that we can beat any nation on any given day".

When you've waited as long as Ireland have to play your first Test match, a few more hours' delay may not seem that significant.

The officials, having determined that there would be no play during the first session before lunch, kept a close eye on conditions but the weather continued to deteriorate.

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But the sport's reputation suffered from being seen as the creation of English "colonisers".

Ireland first made the rest of the cricket world sit up and take notice when they skittled out the touring West Indies, reputed to have enjoyed some typically generous Irish hospitality, for just 25 on their way to a victory at Sion Mills in 1969.

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.

Indeed, when Deutrom announced Ireland's Test aspirations in 2012, the target was to achieve it by 2020.

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"First of all, congrats from my side and on behalf of the Pakistan team as well". "And the risk for us is huge because it's an untested format".

"Are we favourites? No".

"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. So, all those little factors only add to giving us a better chance of winning this game.

"Pakistan play with flair as a group of cricketers, and if we are not disciplined they could take the game away from us pretty quickly", Ford said, knowing that at this level it is often as effective to bore out a batsman than bowl him out.

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