Ireland v Pakistan LIVE: Weather main concern in historic Test in Dublin

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Pakistan take on Ireland in Dublin. Image: PCB/Twitter.

Weather is the biggest concern on Friday as Ireland take on Pakistan in the country’s first-ever Test at Malahide.

Forecast for Friday is not good with rain and strong winds expected to affect the opening day’s play in Dublin.

Pakistan are set to hand Test debuts to top order batsman Imam-ul-Haq and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

Ireland will thus become the 11th Test playing country.

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Pakistan’s star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has picked MS Dhoni as the coolest captain in world cricket and current skipper Virat Kohli as his favourite Indian cricketer.

During an interview with FOX Sports Asia, Afridi was asked a series of questions covering various topic ranging from the laziest Pakistani cricketer to his favourite innings.

The 38-year-old is known to speak straight from the heart and was at his entertaining best during the interview.

Afridi picked Dhoni as the coolest captain in world cricket, a statement he has made in previous interviews as well. His fondness of Kohli is well known with the current captain gifting him a jersey signed by the Indian team for the Shahid Afridi charity foundation.

Afridi also named mercurial batsman Umar Akmal as the ‘loudest’ player and the best dancer in the Pakistan team and selected the legendary Wasim Akram as the top leader of the side. The all-rounder picked batsman Sohaib Maqsood as the laziest player in the Pakistan team.

On a personal note, Afridi pointed to the ball-biting incident during the Perth ODI against Australia in 2010 as his most embarrassing moment and his match-winning knock of 141 against India in the 1999 Chennai Test as his finest.

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Ireland play their inaugural Test against Pakistan. Image: ICC/Twitter.

Weather is likely to play spoilsport as Ireland host Pakistan in their first-ever Test in Dublin on Friday.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed had confirmed the team will field the same XI that played against Northamptonshire, which means Test debuts for all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and top order batsman Imam-ul-Haq.

Sarfraz said it was a great moment for the team to be a part of the historic Test. “It is a big honour for me and my team to play this historic Test match – the first Test match to be played in Ireland,” said Sarfraz.

Pakistan’s bowling attack is set to be led by Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas and Rahat Ali. However, there was no place for fast bowler Hasan Ali in the line-up.

Azhar Ali is expected to bat alongside Imam at the top. The middle order of Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam looks light on experience.

Ireland have no dearth of experience with the likes of captain William Porterfield, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien and Boyd Rankin absolute veterans of Associate and first-class cricket.

Likely line-ups

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien (wk), Andy Balbirnie,  Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson, Stuart Thompson, Boyd Rankin, Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Abbas

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