Craig Young to provide cover in Ireland Test Squad

Craig Young to provide cover in Ireland Test Squad

In what could be termed a major boost to the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB's) efforts to regularize the conduct of global cricket matches in the country, Ireland has expressed interest in touring Pakistan for a cricket series in future. The most recent, two-meter-tall (6-foot-7) fast bowler Boyd Rankin, achieved his test ambition for England in 2014 and returned to Ireland in 2016.

"I remember that match, it was a very big day for Ireland cricket and a very sad day for Pakistan", Imam said. Young Craig Yong has been included into the 14-man squad. "The last practice match was very good - everything was complete, batsmen batted well, bowlers bowled well, so we are ready to play a Test match". He debuted in the third ODI in Abu Dhabi and anchored a successful run-chase, cracking his maiden worldwide ton while at it. Imam has played four ODIs so far, scoring 149 runs at a strike rate of 73.4 and an average of 49.67, his highest score being the 100 he scored on debut.

A huge milestone is on the horizon for Irish cricket.

Ireland's blazer brigade didn't catch up to its playing talent until June a year ago, when the International Cricket Council awarded the country (and Afghanistan) test status. "Everyone has been looking forward to this week, so it is a big occasion for all involved".

"It's going to be a pretty special occasion for the XI that are lucky enough to take the park tomorrow".

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




"Nowadays we saw that Imam was playing better: he scored two fifties in the practice matches (61 against Kent and an unbeaten 59 against Northamptonshire) so that's why we go with Imamul Haq". Apart from him, Pakistan will rely on Sarfraz Ahmed, the skipper, Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq to take care of the batting department. Yasir misses the tour with a hip injury. Shadab Khan, who was named his replacement, justified his selection with a 10-wicket haul against Northamptonshire.

Pakistan, despite five uncapped squad players, will unleash its own pace battery of Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali.

"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".

"Not only over the last 5-10 years which everyone will probably remember most, but for every cricketer that's ever played for Ireland". The conditions are hard, as you see the rain and the wicket will be tough because it's early [summer] here.

For Porterfield and his team-mates it promises to be an especially memorable occasion, but he was quick to pay tribute to all those who had helped make Ireland's Test debut a reality.

Earlier, the PCB made an offer to New Zealand Cricket to play one of their T20Is in Pakistan later this year.

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