Dublin – Eire’s first ever males’s Take a look at in opposition to Pakistan
in any case were given beneath approach at Dublin’s Malahide floor on Saturday, with house
captain William Porterfield profitable the toss and electing to box.
Rain washed out the entire of Friday’s scheduled first day
however an afternoon later Malahide was once bathed in sunshine, with gray clouds changed via
sunny blue skies as Eire, from the instant of the toss, formally turned into the
11th country to play males’s Take a look at cricket.
Eire overlooked spinner Andy McBrine, with Stuart Thompson
finishing an all-pace assault led via Boyd Rankin, who performed one Take a look at for
England sooner than requalifying, and skilled Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh.
Pakistan gave Take a look at debuts to opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq and
medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf.
Imam is the nephew of Pakistan variety leader and previous
Take a look at batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq and his inclusion within the squad provoked allegations
However the 22-year-old left-hander, who hit 100 on his
one-day world debut in opposition to Sri Lanka closing yr, has made fifties
in opposition to each Kent and Northamptonshire in Pakistan’s two warm-up suits forward
of this one-off Take a look at.
After this fit, Pakistan will go back around the Irish Sea
for a two-Take a look at sequence in opposition to England.
William Porterfield (captain), Ed Joyce, Andrew Balbirnie, Niall O’Brien (wkt), Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson, Stuart Thompson, Tyrone Kane, Boyd Rankin, Tim Murtagh
Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain/wkt), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Rahat Ali
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG), Nigel Llong (ENG)
TV umpire: Mark Hawthorne (IRL)
Fit referee: Chris Huge (ENG)