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In what could be termed a major boost to the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB's) efforts to regularize the conduct of global cricket matches in the country, Ireland has expressed interest in touring Pakistan for a cricket series in future.

Born in Dublin, Morgan played for the country of his birth in the 2007 Cricket World Cup featuring in the sides that beat Pakistan and drew with Zimbabwe.

Ireland having gained the Test status in June 2017 along with Afghanistan will become the first team to make their Test debut since Bangladesh in 2000.

The Test is also set to be shown on networks in countries including the United States and Australia as part of Cricket Ireland's largest broadcast package deal.

"We know how big an occasion it will be and what Test cricket means to every nation", he was reported as saying by BBC Sport.

Morgan believes Ireland have been "justly rewarded" for their impressive performances over the last 10 years, which have included World Cup wins over major Test-playing nations Pakistan, England and the West Indies.

Imam, whose place in the squad ahead of Fawad Alam was questioned, has looked in fine touch - with the scores of 61, 11 and 59* - in the two practice matches that Pakistan have played against Northamptonshire and Kent.

"It is going to be very hard to organise three or five-game series with the cost that is involved in organising them", said Porterfield, who played English county cricket for both Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

I cherish that Test match and the others that followed and I don't think I'm alone in feeling that way about the longest form of the game.

Ireland will make a giant leap when they host their first Test match against Pakistan from Friday in Dublin.

Earlier, the PCB made an offer to New Zealand Cricket to play one of their T20Is in Pakistan later this year.

"It's the first Test match in Ireland and everybody will definitely be watching it", he said. Meanwhile, Joyce, who has also represented England in white-ball cricket, is Ireland's most experienced batsman with 254 first-class matches under his belt.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed backed Ireland to take its experience from limited-overs matches and thrive in the Test format.

Ireland, however, did spring a huge surprise when they knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, although that was in a one-day worldwide tournament. "And seeing that will help ensure the game grows and produce better players".

"If we can utilise that and take 20 wickets we can win the game".


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