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Ireland planning to host Test match next summer


By Ian Callender

Cricket fans can look forward to watching a Test match in Ireland next summer, according to Cricket Ireland chairman Ross McCollum.

Following the ground-breaking decision, taken unanimously by the International Cricket Council's 10 Full Members and 95 Associate nations, to grant both Ireland and Afghanistan Full Membership and Test match status, the dream of Ireland playing Test match cricket is now a reality.

Afghanistan, or possibly Zimbabwe, are the likely first opponents, almost certainly in Malahide, but the "glamour game" against England at Lord's in the summer of 2019 is still very much on the table.

"We will discuss that down the line," said McCollum. "But we have to make sure we are ready to take on England in a five-day match. The worst scenario would be if the game was finished in three days.

"But there will be Test cricket in Ireland in the next 12 months."

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Down that line, the touring teams to England will also be invited - and almost certain to accept - a Test match in Ireland while the number of one-day internationals and Twenty20 games against the world's best will also substantially increase.

Indeed, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom confirmed that two established Full Members approached him yesterday to talk about Test cricket.

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