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Imam-ul-Haq ready for Test debut

Imam-ul-Haq ready for Test debut

Coming back to Pakistan, they played two tour matches - against Kent and Northamptonshire - ahead of the Test.

"We have a very good diet of multi-format cricket coming up, of which the mainstay will be the one-day worldwide league".

"Cricket is a amusing game and you can't take any side lightly", said Imam."We have to do our best, and we have to prove a point and win the game". We've had two very good four-day matches, the guys were working hard and talking to our batting coach. It doesn't matter, against Ireland or England, we have to play good cricket and that will give us confidence, and make our youngsters to do well in the England series.

"Since then, they've really done themselves proud and to think that they're playing a Test match on Friday, it's a huge step forward". Imam, however, put all that to bed immediately, with an 88 in his first game against India U-19, at a very young age of 16. We've also seen that some PSL matches were held in Lahore and Karachi and went off well.

Imam has already played four ODIs, scoring a century on debut against Sri Lanka past year, and he is set to slot into the top three of the Test side.

Friday 11 May 2018 is a day that will go down in the cricket history books, marking the first day Ireland stepped onto the field of play in a Test match.

Ireland, which famously knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup, will become the 11th men's Test nation when the coin is tossed at the Malahide ground. Since then, the two teams have played six times against each other, with Pakistan winning on five occasions while one was a tied game.

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Ireland now have a first-class structure involving three teams - Leinster, North and North West and Porterfield said establishing a solid foundation at domestic level was central to Irish cricket's long-term development. We need to celebrate what is different about each format and understand that they each have a role to play in our sport.

Pakistan were ranked No. 1 in the longest format of the game in 2016.

"You face Test bowlers in Championship games in England, and in white-ball cricket", said Porterfield, a former Gloucestershire and Warwickshire batsman. The team will also travel to South Africa.

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.

The pressure will certainly be on the likes of Imam, Babar Azam and Azhar Ali.

Ireland, who along with Afghanistan were granted the Test status by the International Cricket Council a year ago, will become the 11th nation to play the longest format of the game.