Pakistan’s skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed wished luck to Ireland, who are going to play their debut Test against his team, which is scheduled to be kicked off from Friday in Dublin.
Sarfraz Ahmed said ahead of Ireland’s debut game that his team is excited about the contest and he is privileged to be a part of this historic moment.
“All of us are really looking forward to it. Ireland, who have a great tradition of cricket, are playing at home and I wish them all the best at this big moment,” he was quoted as saying in an ICC press release.
Pakistan’s Champions Trophy-winning captain feels Ireland will be able to create an impact in Whites as they have a strong unit.
“Ireland players feature prominently in the ICC ODI and T20 player rankings, and I am confident that in due course they will also make their mark in the Test rankings,” added Sarfraz.
On the other hand, Ireland’s skipper in their first Test, William Porterfield has stated that it is a huge occasion for everyone involved in Irish cricket and they are looking forward to the big occasion.
If Pakistan manages to beat Ireland in their Test debut in their backyard, they will gain one point, whereas a draw will push Pakistan to 81 points from 84 points.
Earlier, in World Cup 2007, Ireland registered an emphatic win against Pakistan on their World Cup debut and since then they have been a force to reckon.
The Irish team will have services of experienced players like William Porterfield, Ed Joyce, Nial O’Brian and Kevin O’Brian.