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    Ireland open to Pakistan tour if 'stars align'

    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."

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...3.cms?from=mdr
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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!


    PP's own self proclaimed sharpshooter and defender of Islam and Pakistan.

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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 doesn’t 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.

    It’s 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.”

    http://www.the42.ie/warren-deutrom-i...15193-May2018/
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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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    [QUOTE=Mamoon;9742871]Don't see us ascending from 7th/6th in the near future. 5-0 in England and South Africa awaits us, we will be lucky to even draw one match. [/QUOTE]

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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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