Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ireland to play their first Test in May

Ireland to play their first Test in May

After the ICC board meeting in Auckland on Friday, Richardson said the proposed test championship (from 2019) and one-day global league (from 2020) had been confirmed.

The Test series league will see nine teams play six series over two years - three home and three away - with each having a minimum of two Tests and a maximum of five and all matches being played over five days culminating in a World Test League Championship Final.

Ireland played their first one-day global against England in 2006 and qualified for the World Cup the following year, where they beat Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Ireland and Afghanistan were given full test status by the ICC in June, taking the total number of test-playing countries to 12.

"Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on", ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said.

Cricket Ireland announced on Thursday, that it had been finalised that the nation's first ever 5-day game would be played against Pakistan at home.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom recently admitted the Test newcomers would be open to the concept, with Ireland having excelled in four-day games in the rung below Test cricket, the ICC's Intercontinental Cup. They were scheduled to tour India in early 2018 but that bilateral series remains off limits now owing to the Indian Government's stance.

At the end of the cycle the top two teams will meet in a World Test League Championship final.

"This means fans around the world can enjoy global cricket knowing every game counts and in the case of the ODI league, it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup".

Richardson also referred to the difficulty in getting the leagues off the ground while interest in the long-form game has seemed to dwindle, partly because of the rise of Twenty20 leagues.

"The ICC Board decision means we can now go and finalise a playing well as the points system, hosting arrangements and competition terms".

Deutrom said a venue and exact date for the test had yet to be confirmed, but the country has played one-day internationals in both Belfast and Dublin. A set of playing conditions for four-day Tests is set to be drawn up by ICC management in coming weeks.

However, Irish was concerned that countries trialing four-day Tests on a random basis may lead to confusion and uncertainty around the format.

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