What is Imam-ul-Haq hoping will happen on Friday?


What is Imam-ul-Haq hoping will happen on Friday?

As the Irish team prepares to make that first official step for a test nation, we were joined by 2007 Cricket World Cup squad member Ed Joyce, who is part of the team that will face Pakistan. I'm very hopeful that I'll do well in this series.

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

Both the Ireland and Afghanistan teams were elevated to Test status previous year, making them eligible for the five-day format. Well wishes for Ireland coming in from around the world of cricket, four-page pullout supplements in national newspapers and even Test cricketers-to-be bringing out tea for the hordes of journalists at Malahide.

"We know how big an occasion it will be and what Test cricket means to every nation", he was reported as saying by BBC Sport.

"I remember that match, it was a very big day for Ireland cricket and a very sad day for Pakistan", Imam said.

While Pakistan's opening tour game was a soggy affair at Kent, they show some impressive form to brush aside Northamptonshire by nine wickets on Monday.

Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of former Pakistan captain and current PCB chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, is set to make to his Test debut, against Ireland in the one and only Test match of the series, on Friday the 11th of May.

Joyce, who has also represented England in global cricket, is the most experienced Ireland player in first-class cricket, having played 254 matches, scoring 18,414 runs with 47 centuries.

Ireland captain William Porterfield feels that their Test debut on Friday against Pakistan in Dublin is a massive moment in the history of Ireland cricket. I will be very nervous, I won't lie - that's what we play for, that's my dream since I grew up, to play Test cricket for your country. We need to celebrate what is different about each format and understand that they each have a role to play in our sport.

No side has enjoyed a victory in its first Test since Australia beat England in the foundation Test at Melbourne back in 1877 and it would be an upset were Ireland to get off to a winning start. But it also provides a newer, younger audience with the chance to deepen their engagement with the game and that is what we've been seeing this week as the excitement has been building in Ireland. The writers and editors of The Fan Garage are not responsible for any decisions taken by readers of this article while playing any fantasy league game.



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