Pakistan, Ireland historic test begins in Dublin today

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The Pakistani cricket team will not be taking the Irish lightly, because Ireland will look to do what no side has done in 141 years: win their inaugural test match in Malahide, Dublin starting today.

Visiting skipper Sarfraz Ahmed admitted it will be an honour for Pakistan to be involved in the historic occasion - and believes Irish cricket will benefit greatly from the chance to play Test cricket.

"We've got a lot of those boxes ticked off and we're confident that we can beat any nation on any given day". Now we go out there to play in the first Test for Ireland.

"A couple of guys have faced him in county cricket and multi-day games and we played against them in white-ball cricket".

"This week is all about Test cricket but doors and the financial aspect hopefully open up with being a full member".

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Indeed, when Deutrom announced Ireland's Test aspirations in 2012, the target was to achieve it by 2020.

But the sport's reputation suffered from being seen as the creation of English "colonisers".

Ireland won by three wickets but the joy in defeating Pakistan - as well as Bangladesh - in 2007 was as nothing compared to four years later when England were beaten in a World Cup match in Bangalore.

Pakistan and arch-rivals India were both knocked out in the first round, a huge blow to organizers banking on their fans to pack out grounds later on, as well as broadcasters who had paid heavily for television rights in the subcontinent.

If conditions in Malahide remain cold and overcast they could yet favour Ireland, although neither side will relish batting first under cloudy skies.

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Ireland captain William Porterfield says there will be a "few emotions knocking around" tomorrow and has targeted a surprise victory over Pakistan.

"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".

"Are we favourites? No".

Latest update from Dublin is that play is still delayed by guess what?

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