Rain makes Ireland wait for test debut vs Pakistan

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The authorities were even in close communication with Wellington Cricket Ground in New Zealand - the windiest ground in world cricket, by all accounts - however, the returning rain ensured that the covers remained for another day, with play now set to start at 11:00 on Saturday morning.

But that has not stopped television rights for the Test being sold to Sky Sports and RTE - Ireland's national state broadcaster - for a reported 1.8 million euros ($2.1 million), a remarkable sum for Irish cricket, with Malahide on course for a 6,000 sell-out on Friday's first day.

No play was possible in the first session. But the sport's reputation suffered from being seen as the creation of English "colonisers", with native games such as Gaelic football and hurling holding sway.

The boys in green-trim sweaters are nearly certain to be successful sooner, if only because they will regularly play Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, but they will want to prove they can not only take the field with the bigger boys of world cricket but start beating some of them over the five-day distance.

Ireland first made the rest of the cricket world take notice when they beat the touring West Indies in an ODI, in 1969.

Indeed, when Deutrom announced Ireland's Test aspirations in 2012, the target was to achieve it by 2020.

"Pakistan are a pretty battle-hardened side, they have a lot of guys in the squad who are potentially making their debut so there will be a lot of nerves knocking around with them".

But several members of their squad already know what it's like to cause a huge upset against Pakistan, having played in the Ireland side that knocked the Asian giants out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean with a stunning three-wicket win in Jamaica.

Ireland captain William Porterfield says there will be a "few emotions knocking around" tomorrow and has targeted a surprise victory over Pakistan. Australia is the only team who won their first match.

"He's obviously a very skilful bowler", said opening batsman Porterfield of the left-arm quick.

"Are we favourites? No". From here on, more people will pick up the game and more kids will play the game as well.