Ireland will be invited to tour Pakistan later this year if the latest reports are anything to go by. Ireland are all set to take on Pakistan in their historic first-ever Test starting from Friday at the Malahide Cricket Stadium in Dublin.
According to a report in the Daily Express, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi will be present in Dublin for the match and will officially invite Ireland to tour the country.
Ireland had previously agreed to tour Pakistan in 2014 but then backed out after an attack on the Karachi airport.
Meanwhile, Cricket Ireland high-performance director Richard Holdsworth has welcomed news of a possible invitation to Pakistan though he has pointed out the security will play a key role in the decision.
“That’s great news if that’s the case, but we are not aware of that yet,” Holdswroth told the Irish Times.
“The PCB have been very supportive of us over the years in Ireland, they’ve travelled here several times for one-day series and obviously now this historic Test.
“So, of course we would want to help them in their way back to international cricket at home. As we did last time, we’ll look at the situation, look at the security. They’ve now had a couple of teams go there recently, which is obviously very encouraging for them and their cricket. And we know what their supporters are like, they’ve been starved of international cricket at home for a long time.
“So, for us, to help play a part in that would be wonderful but we need to obviously look at the situation, talk with them, get advice as we’ve done before and discuss it with our players, which will be the key part of it.”
Though Pakistan have had to play most of their home matches in the UAE since the attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, international cricket has returned to the country in a small way in recent times.
The ICC World XI played a historic T20 series in Lahore last year while Sri Lanka and West Indies have also toured Pakistan for bilateral matches.
In a remarkable first session of the Division One match at Chelmsford, Yorkshire were bowled out for just 50 after skipper Garry Balance won the toss and elected to bat first.
Trapped in front of the wickets, Pujara was Essex pacer Jamie Porter’s sole wicket on a day that belonged to young Samuel Cook. The 20-year-old’s five-wicket haul destroyed the Yorkshire batting card which included the likes of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow apart from Balance and Pujara.
Remarkably, Pujara’s score of nine was the second highest score for Yorkshire with only Ballance doing better with 22 runs to his name.
Pujara was dismissed for under 10 runs for the fourth time in five innings for Yorkshire.
Cheteshwar Pujara in county cricket this year— Jasveer Singh Kharra (@imjsk27) May 4, 2018
2, 18, 7, 6, 9
42 runs in 5 innings
12, 14, 0, 4, 28, 34, 18 , 2, 18, 7, 6, 9
152 runs @ 12.7 in 12 innings@cheteshwar1
The 30-year-old had signed up for the county side after missing out on a deal in the ongoing IPL. He is among three Indian cricketers currently playing in England’s domestic competition with pacers Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron turning out for Sussex and Leicestershire respectively.
They will now be joined by India skipper Virat Kohli who signed a deal with Surrey on Thursday. Kohli will turn out for the south London outfit for the entire month of June after completing his IPL engagements. He will hence miss Afghanistan’s historic first Test against India which is slated to take place in June in Bengaluru.
The Twenty20 showcase is being held to raise funds for stadiums damaged by last year’s hurricanes in the Caribbean.
The World XI will be captained by England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and contains the likes of Rashid Khan, Shakib-al-Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik.
All-rounder Pandya and wicketkeeper-batsman Karthik have now signed up to join them.
The West Indies side will be lead by Carlos Brathwaite while England white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan will take charge for the ICC World XI.
Two India stars join the ICC World XI! 🇮🇳@hardikpandya7 and @DineshKarthik will face @westindies for #CricketRelief at the @HomeOfCricket on 31st May!— ICC (@ICC) May 3, 2018
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“I am delighted to captain the ICC World XI at Lord’s in May against the West Indies. The cricket family always comes together to support worthwhile causes and this one-off T20I, featuring some of the best players in the world will be a great spectacle at the Home of Cricket,” Morgan had said earlier.
The Hurricane Relief T20I clash will be held on May 31 with all funds going towards repairing cricket stadiums damaged by the multiple hurricanes that hit the Caribbean region last year.