Ireland set to make Test cricket debut in May
Friday May 11, 2018 is the date when, weather permitting, Ireland will begin their first Test match against Pakistan.
The diary entry which all cricket fans have been waiting for was confirmed by the Cricket Ireland board this week, although they have not announced a venue for the historic five-day match - but everyone is expecting it to be Malahide.
So, just six years after Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom announced their intention to play Test cricket and less than 11 months after being granted Test status by ICC, the countdown is officially under way for what will be Ireland's second five-day game.
The first was in December 2013, the final of the Intercontinental Cup against Afghanistan in Dubai, which Ireland won in four days. Their first objective next May will be to ensure the Test lasts as long, without the help of the weather.
The board also admitted a lack of resources was probably responsible for play not starting on a dry and sunny morning in last month's Stormont international against West Indies.
"We know we are being held to a higher standard now that we are a Full Member," said Deutrom. "We need to look in the mirror on this one, and it is an area in which we have a lot of work to do."