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    Cricket Ireland and ECB officials arrive in Pakistan to discuss potential tour of Pakistan [#23]

    Ireland open to Pakistan tour if 'stars align'

    DUBLIN: Ireland are open to touring Pakistan if "all the stars align," the chief executive of men's Test cricket's newest nation has said. The Irish made their Test debut with a highly creditable five-wicket loss to Pakistan at Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin concluded Tuesday.

    After being made to follow-on, Ireland reduced Pakistan to 14 for three to give themselves hope of a remarkable win before their visitors managed to chase down a modest victory target of 160.

    The match further strengthened the cricket bonds between Ireland and Pakistan, which date back to when the non-Test nation knocked the subcontinental giants out of the 2007 World Cup with a stunning win in Jamaica.

    Pakistan became a no-go area for leading cricket teams after an attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in 2009, with the United Arab Emirates becoming the team's unofficial home.

    Zimbabwe became the first major international team to return to Pakistan in 2015, while April saw World Twenty20 champions West Indies visit for a three-match T20 series. Ireland were due to tour Pakistan in 2014 only for the trip to be cancelled after militants attacked Karachi airport.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board hope to be able to host a full series by 2020 and Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said Tuesday that his organisation remained "very amenable" to touring Pakistan.

    "The chairman of the Pakistan Board was here. I haven't had a complete debrief with our chairman yet to see whether or not those conversations took place but I wouldn't even say those conversations even started here.

    "For months, years, we've actually said to Pakistan, when you think it's right, safe to invite us, when you want to, economically or commercially, we are very amenable to an invitation," he added.

    "When you send an invitation we presume it's because you perceive it to be safe enough for us to receive the invitation and then when you give us all the security arrangements around that we will look at that seriously, share them with our players, government, insurers and if all the stars align, we'd be happy to come."

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    This is just the logical next step and most likely option for resumption of Tests in Pakistan.


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    What! He believes in horoscopes!


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    We need the Irish to help us out, and it'll be good for them too. Particularly if Pakistan are willing to pay them handsome sums of money.

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    Should go for a test. Enough of LOI dose

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    Quote Originally Posted by hur rizvi View Post
    Should go for a test. Enough of LOI dose
    Absolutely correct. Test cricket in Pakistan needs to be revived at all costs.


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    Need to play in Karachi if there is a Test. Have to prove that outside Punjab is safe as well.


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    Why not play in pindi

    #pindiboys like me deserve something 🤣

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    Quote Originally Posted by hur rizvi View Post
    Should go for a test. Enough of LOI dose
    I think the next logical step is 1 ODI + 3 T20's. Then graduate to a ODI series and then on to a test match and so on. That will be good, slow and steady progression and the right one.

    Anyway, tests are not that popular in Pakistan. They used to be almost similar to the UAE tests in terms of crowd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USofA View Post
    I think the next logical step is 1 ODI + 3 T20's. Then graduate to a ODI series and then on to a test match and so on. That will be good, slow and steady progression and the right one.

    Anyway, tests are not that popular in Pakistan. They used to be almost similar to the UAE tests in terms of crowd.
    Crowd doesnt matter test cricket has symbolic significance

    We have already played 3t20 series and if we invite Irish it should be for a test match irrespective of crowd attendance

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    Would absolutely LOVE to see a Test match against Ireland in Pakistan.

    Its a win-win and will make way for some entertaining cricket.

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    THE HISTORY BOOKS will show Ireland suffered defeat in their inaugural Test match, but in so many other ways this was a progressive first foray into the five-day arena, which leaves encouraging grounds for optimism moving forward.

    For half an hour yesterday morning, everyone inside Malahide’s pop-up stadium dared to dream, as three early Pakistan wickets sent the small, but vocal, crowd into delirium before reality struck and Ireland’s limitations were exposed.

    The lack of a frontline spinner, or indeed potent strike bowler beyond Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin, saw the game, and a historic victory, slip away from Ireland in the afternoon session, but this was a performance to take enormous heart from.

    Pakistan’s class told in the shape of half-centuries from Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, who was dropped on nine by Andrew Balbirnie with the visitors still requiring 100 runs for victory, a moment which would have left Ireland harbouring regrets.

    Ireland left the field with their heads bowed, and stood watching the end of match presentation knowing this historic occasion could have turned into so much more — but once the initial disappointment of defeat subsides, pride will be the overwhelming emotion.

    “This was a great success,” Cricket Ireland CEO, Warren Deutrom, said. “There were three things we were hoping for from this match; good crowds, good weather and competitive cricket.

    “Throw in the attendance of Mick Jagger on Sunday, something that got us off the back pages and onto the front pages and you have to be happy. It worked in terms of this environment as well, here in Malahide. It’s a beautiful venue.”

    This picturesque village ground, in the grounds of the Castle and with a tree-lined backdrop, will play host to Ireland’s two Twenty20 games against India in June, a lucrative mini-series which will boost Cricket Ireland’s coffers considerably.

    The €1 million invested to stage this inaugural Test match was never going to balance the books, with Deutrom describing the format as a ‘loss leader’ for the organisation, but it is also his responsibility to advance the sport and facilitate its growth — Test cricket is a big part of that.

    “We are about making cricket mainstream,” Deutrom insists. “That is our main primary purpose. If that means we’ve got to spend a lot of money making sure we are bringing the game to people then that’s what we need to do.”

    Ensuring Ireland are able to feed off a healthy diet of fixtures will be paramount to the team’s development in the format, but also in growing the appetite for Test cricket among the public, commercial sponsors and broadcasting partners.

    Attention has already turned to filling in Ireland’s schedule for the next couple of seasons with a significant announcement expected soon — potentially as early as next week — once the ICC’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) is finalised.

    Deutrom expects Ireland to be guaranteed between 60 and 65 home fixtures over the next five years, with 13 of those set to be Test matches and all of the Full Member nations to visit these shores in at least one format as part of the FTP schedule.

    But the prospect of England coming over for a Test match is unlikely in the next five years because of their ‘busy’ programme, although there is a possibility Ireland will visit Lord’s for a five-day game next summer.

    Deutrom explained: “We hope to announce next week who the home fixtures will be against, because we are still in the final throes of negotiations, the Future Tours Programme with all the other nations involved, is a huge jigsaw puzzle.

    “Hopefully all the biggest nations, the 11 other Test nations, and the Dutch, who are the 13th ODI team, home and away over the next four to five years.”

    On a Test match at Lord’s, he added: “We’ll see. I can’t definitely give you that at the moment, but I’m hopeful.”

    As a consequence of all these additional home fixtures, Cricket Ireland made the decision last month to scrap plans to redevelop Malahide and instead relocate to Abbotstown, where they will build a permanent home on the National Sports Campus.

    The decision to move away from an idyllic venue like Malahide has caused consternation but Deutrom stressed the need to have another international standard ground available for use, with Cricket Ireland hopeful of securing Government funding for the project this year.

    “If we get some funding this year, maybe start building next year and that takes us into 2019 and maybe two or three years to actually make sure it’s ready for our first international ball,” he explained. “I’d say [ready for use in] 2022.

    “The first phase of the project would be green staff [pitch work] and at the same time we’d try and build all the player’s facilities and match official facilities as that would allow us to get minimum accreditation from the ICC.

    “And that would allow us to play international cricket as the rest of it is all the nice to haves we have to pay for in order to generate revenue. That would be the seating, the media facilities, the hospitality marquees. If that’s stage three, four and five, maybe phase six would be floodlights.”

    Meanwhile, Deutrom said that Cricket Ireland’s new training facility at the National Sports Campus is set to be ready for opening in spring of next year.

    “One of the benefits of locating a stadium there would be to co-locate our big infrastructure all in the one place. You talk to any of the big countries, they own their own facilities, they’ve got their stadium, outdoor training facilities and locate their HQ together.”

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    Let them come and in next step ask South Africa to visit us in this way test cricket will come back to pakistan as well

    Here sethi sb. has to step up and make some quick (strong) actions.

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    Just have the feeling that Ireland playing tests in Pakistan will not advance the cause of cricket revival in Pakistan much. Already have had enough t20s and ODIs without any tangible gains with the major teams. The WI touring team was an embarrassment.

    Need to put our house in order first - I'd think after elections will be a good time to reassess

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    Good practice for the AUS series


    Might even convince NZC to tour for a T20I

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    This would be good, we have had white ball cricket in Pakistan, we need a test there!

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    Would be a good step to have a test match played in Pakistan.

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    A test match against the Irish will be better than anything we've had in Pakistan over the last 3 years. Really hope it happens.

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    Good gesture by the Irish in proposing a possible match back in Pakistan. Realistically though, I don't think the Irish touring would be enough to reinvigorate international cricket back in Pakistan by the bigger nations.

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    Ireland and ECB officials are coming to Pakistan to access security situation and will also watch 3rd t20 match between pakistan and sl

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    Pakistan should talk with ireland for one test match before aus tour which will be good preparation for aus test series

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    Cricket Ireland officials have arrived in Pakistan to discuss future games between the teams in the country.

    Chief executive Warren Deutrom and chairman Ross McCollum, along with officials from the England and Wales Cricket Board, were met at Islamabad Airport on Monday night by the Pakistan Cricket Board's chief executive Wasim Khan and will attend today's T20 international against Sri Lanka in Lahore.

    The T20 series is the first time Pakistan have hosted a fellow Full Member nation since the gun attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 and Pakistan officials are keen to bring back international cricket on a regular basis.

    Deutrom and McCollum will also be briefed about the security situation in the country by the Interior Ministry and will visit the British High Commission.

    Since Ireland's famous victory against Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup, the teams have played each other at the 2009 World T20 and ODIs in Dublin. They will meet again at Malahide in July in two T20 internationals before Pakistan travel to England for a three-match Test series.

    Meanwhile, a few hours before the game in Lahore, Ireland will play their final match of the five-nation tournament in Oman. They must beat Nepal, ranked three places above them in the world rankings, to have any chance of winning the tournament.

    Elsewhere, the structure of next season's North West Premiership is up in the air after Ballyspallen won an appeal against the abandonment of their final game of the season and the awarding of the match to Glendermott.

    The appeals committee ruled that the umpires had not followed the correct procedure before awarding the match to Glendermott, a result which left Ballyspallen in the automatic relegation spot.

    Although the committee made no recommendation that the relegation should not stand, the Board of Control in the North West now has to decide whether to keep an eight-team league in 2020 with Championship winners Ardmore taking Ballyspallen's place in the Premiership, to have a nine-team league, including Ballyspallen and Ardmore, or a 10-team league with Championship runners-up Burndennett also promoted.

    That scenario, however, would leave only five teams in the Championship and a further possibility is for the next available 1st XI to be promoted to the Championship, namely The Nedd from Qualifying League 2.

    A decision is expected by the end of the week.

    In the NCU, CIYMS opening batsman Chris Dougherty has been named Premier League Player of the Year. The one-time Ireland international was the leading local batsman with 916 runs at an average of 38 as he helped the side to four trophies including the Premier League.

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    Whats Pakistans home season?

    Our FTP early next year until May is fairly packed, then our home season runs until early September.

    I wouldnt be expecting any announcements of anything until after the t20's next year I guess. Unless the PCB/CI want to rush a quick LO series in in mid November after the WT20Q, but Pakistan are touring Australia no?

    Next year I'd say. If anything is even agreed.


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    Cricket Ireland assessing if this is the PRIME time to defeat Pakistan in a white wash with Misbah at the helm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Cozzie View Post
    Whats Pakistans home season?

    Our FTP early next year until May is fairly packed, then our home season runs until early September.

    I wouldnt be expecting any announcements of anything until after the t20's next year I guess. Unless the PCB/CI want to rush a quick LO series in in mid November after the WT20Q, but Pakistan are touring Australia no?

    Next year I'd say. If anything is even agreed.
    Pakistan next assessment is 3 t20i and 2 test in aus which starts from November 3

    I would love to see ireland play one test before that .Is that possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeed5646 View Post
    Pakistan next assessment is 3 t20i and 2 test in aus which starts from November 3

    I would love to see ireland play one test before that .Is that possible?
    No.

    We have the World t20 qualifier starting next week until November 2 or so.


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    When would a tour even take place? Looking at the FTP the only time both teams are available for a considerable amount of time is in May of 2021, however if it would just be a limited overs series I guess they could fit in a quick one in May of 2020.

    Ireland play a surprising amount of cricket in 2020.


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    So after losing to SL C Team we are looking to lose from Ireland at home ....

    Perfect for Misbah to called up his old buddies who can get included in the playing 11.

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    I hope they do come. Irish people are not like any other, independent thinkers and generally do what is right not what others would like them to do.


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    Ireland have been dealt a double blow in the space of 24 hours with the news that assistant coach and lead fast bowling coach Rob Cassell is leaving his post and the likely cancellation of yet another Test match.

    Australian Cassell is leaving to join the Rajasthan Royals in the prestigious Indian Premier League, where he will team up with his former colleague in Victoria, the Royals head coach Andrew McDonald, but Cassell's wish to return to his Ireland post in June was turned down by Cricket Ireland, who will now advertise for a replacement.

    Cassell will travel with the Ireland party to India for the three-match Twenty20 series against Afghanistan at the beginning of March but with Ireland due to play at least 13 games in April and May, in Zimbabwe and at home to Bangladesh, Cricket Ireland have decided to move on without him.

    "As the group embark on a very busy summer of cricket, I leave with a heavy heart, some great memories and I wish the players and staff the best of luck as the group builds towards the T20 World Cup," said Cassell, who was appointed in 2017 after five years in a similar role with South Australia.

    "I believe that if the emerging talent coming through the system can reach their potential, then the future looks bright for the national side and I'm looking forward to following the team's progress from afar."

    Cricket Ireland performance director Richard Holdsworth said: "Rob's contribution and commitment over the last three years has been outstanding and he has been instrumental in the development of several of the now first-team bowlers that are beginning to make their mark on the international stage.

    "Given the nature and profile of the IPL, the attractiveness of working within one of the franchises is understandable and we wish Rob well with the move."

    The tour to Zimbabwe was originally due to be one Test match and five T20Is, but indications are that the Test match - Ireland's last remaining five-day game scheduled for this year following the cancellation of next month's game in Sri Lanka and the home Test against Bangladesh in May - will fall by the wayside because of Zimbabwe's financial problems.

    Both teams are keen, however, to play more 50-over cricket, so it is likely that three one-day internationals will form part of the schedule, probably along with three T20s, but discussions are continuing over the final itinerary.

    With Ireland having only one more Test match in the Future Tours Programme between now and August 2021 - and that game, away to Afghanistan, is by no means certain - their next five-day game could be in Pakistan, who gave an open invitation to Ireland to come to the country to play a Test match.

    Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie, on his return this week from the Caribbean tour, said Pakistan was a possibility and both Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom and chairman Ross McCollum were warmly received when they visited Pakistan in October.

    At the time, Deutrom said: "As a Test nation we want to play our part in assisting getting international cricket back in Pakistan."

    It will not happen any time soon as Ireland will be concentrating on white-ball cricket up to the T20 World Cup in Australia in October, but if it is their only chance to play a fourth Test match and any security issues are resolved then it could be given the green light.

    Pakistan will be in Malahide in July to play two T20Is and, undoubtedly, discussions will continue then.

    Ireland have an extra incentive to reach the Super 12 stage of this year's T20 World Cup as it will earn them automatic entry to the additional edition in India next year.

    If Ireland progress from the first round in the top two of their four-team group, which also includes Sri Lanka, Oman and Papua New Guinea, they are assured of a place in the 2021 World Cup, otherwise they will have to go through one of the eight-team global qualifying tournaments, which will take place between March and July next year.

    ICC yesterday confirmed the 2021 T20 World Cup will again be a 16-team event, with the 12 teams in this year's final stage being joined by the top two in two qualifying tournaments.

    Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have delivered a snub to Ireland by announcing they will host West Indies in a white ball series next month.

    Despite citing they had no broadcast deal to cover the one-off Test against Ireland next month, they suddenly have one in place to invite Phil Simmons' squad for three ODIs and two T20s, starting on February 22.

    Cricket Ireland refused to comment on the Sri Lankan board's decision but did confirm that they asked "can we do anything else to replace the Test match" and they were turned down.

    The Test match, however, is part of the FTP and discussions are continuing to confirm a new date.

    The next Ireland team into action will be the Wolves, who will be travelling to South Africa shortly to play up to eight games against Namibia.

    A travelling party, certain to include senior contracted players, and itinerary is imminent.

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    UK have declared Punjab and Sindh safe to travel in a new travel advisory.This will pave the way for an England tour.


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