It appears likely that Ireland will enter the new promised land of playing top flight Test cricket with a home fixture against Pakistan in early May of next year.
Earlier this summer the confirmation came through that Ireland and Afghanistan would become the 11th and 12th members of Cricket’s international elite and this will be the most public expression of that.
Nothing has yet been fully confirmed but discussions are understood to be making solid progress for Pakistan to play here in advance of their two test tour of England. They play England at Lords starting on May 24th so it is likely that the Irish Test match will take place in the first or second week of that month.
It will be a major undertaking for Cricket Ireland with the demands on facilities and media for Test Cricket being set at a very high level. The most likely scenario is a rebuild of the temporary stadium facilities at Malahide that have served the sport well in recent years and would accommodate a daily attendance of up to 10,000.
Given the historic importance of the fixture it is likely that everyone within cricket will want to be there for at least part of what will either be a four or five day match and there will be an inevitable curiosity among home fans to add to the local Pakistani community here and who may travel over from England.
It certainly promises to be one of the sporting highlights of the year on home soil and another major step forward for the sport. We cannot wait.
Read More: Warren Deutrom Speaks about the Bright New Future for Irish Cricket in our Leading Sport Series from July 2017.
Cricket Ireland is among the more than 230 organisations that play an active part in the Sport for Business community.
Sport for Business features regular interviews and events with our members providing exclusive insight on the relationships that work best for sport and business.
Image Credit: Inpho