Belfast News Letter – Ireland’s long-awaited Test match debut was delayed by the elements on Friday, with the first day of their historic contest against Pakistan washed out.

Summary

  • Ireland’s long-awaited Test match debut was delayed by the elements on Friday, with the first day of their historic contest against Pakistan washed out.
  • Heavy rain overnight on Thursday in Malahide prevented the nation’s inaugural five-day match beginning on time and the strong wind and steady drizzle continued throughout Friday.
  • Ireland will become the 11th nation to play a Test, 25 years after the International Cricket Council awarded them associate status and 11 months after they were granted full membership.
  • Cricket Ireland had already sold 5,100 tickets out of a possible 6,300 for the first day at Malahide Cricket Club, and all of those supporters will now receive a full refund.
  • “If we can get some walk up with good weather (on Saturday), hopefully it will be a more appropriate environment to start our first ball in Test cricket.


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