Ireland's first day in Test cricket is washed out by rain

Niall and Kevin O’Brien celebrate beating Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup at Sabina Park in Jamaica

Niall and Kevin O’Brien celebrate beating Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup at Sabina Park in Jamaica

"There has been a lot of banging the drum", said Porterfield.

Ireland were granted full member status by the International Cricket Council last June and will no doubt be disappointed the wait for their first Test outing has been delayed.

Most observers would be happy for Ireland to compete, to take the match into a fourth day - although the weather, if the forecast is to be believed, will probably ensure that - but to do that, it will need the majority of the side to be at the top of their game.

"It is going to be a pretty special occasion for the XI walking onto the park", he said.

"We've mentioned it amongst the squad, it would be pretty remiss if we didn't talk about everything that's gone before us".

"We're prepared to take risks", Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom told the 42.ie website.

"I played cricket way back in the '50s and as a child, of course, you dreamed of playing the global stuff", said Barry Ramsey, 76, who travelled from the north-west county of Donegal with his son, Barclay, to see the landmark match against Pakistan.

However, the hope is that taking a seat alongside cricket's leading nations, and the financial benefits such a position brings, will help develop the sport in the country.

Pakistan will hand a debut to opener Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, who amassed almost 9,000 Test runs in his career.

Ireland was expected to enter the cricket ground in what would have deemed a historic moment in their cricketing history.

There are records of cricket being played in Ireland as early as 1731, with Dublin's Phoenix Cricket Club - still going - founded in 1830.

But that has not stopped television rights for the Test being sold to Sky Sports and RTE - Ireland's national state broadcaster - for a reported 1.8 million euros ($2.1 million), a remarkable sum for Irish cricket, with Malahide on course for a 6,000 sell-out on Friday's first day. "It is a privilege to be a part of this historic match and all of us are really looking forward to it", the 30-year-old said. We've also seen that some PSL matches were held in Lahore and Karachi and were incident-free.

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