Coach Phil Simmons has admitted this week's RSA Insurance one-day international series against Pakistan is not the main priority of a summer in which Ireland will bid to secure their place at a third consecutive World Cup.
Ireland host Pakistan in a two-match series in Dublin, which begins on Thursday, having never beaten a full-member nation at home. It is an unlikely statistic given Ireland's giant-killing at World Cups - which includes surprising Pakistan in Jamaica six years ago.
While Simmons concedes claiming a big scalp at home is long overdue, ensuring his side's place at the 2015 World Cup in Australia is his primary objective, and he said: "I think we've got to recognise in a big summer the most important games are the four games we play against Scotland and Holland because that takes us to a World Cup."
He added: "We've put that as a higher priority than this, but we want to win games like this."
With the top two automatically securing a place Down Under there is little room for error and Simmons admits he would take wins in those games over success this week.
He added: "It is time to start winning games against full member team anywhere in the world. We haven't beaten a high-class full-member here at all. It is about time we start. We have to show how much we have improved since the last international team was here."
That narrow reverse followed on from arguably Ireland's finest moment - when they stunned the English at the 2011 World Cup - and heightened debate as to whether they were ready to become a full-member nation.
That talk has slowed as Ireland's presence on the international stage has been reduced - last year's only home ODI against Australia in Belfast was a wash-out while hardly a ball was bowled of South Africa A's tour. Work off the field has, however, moved at pace with the introduction of a new professional domestic competition this season.
The three-team RSA Interprovincial Series is a cornerstone to any bid for Test status - with the ICC contributing £500,000 a season - while Cricket Ireland also plan to apply for first-class status for the competition in 2015.