Rain forces Ireland one more day for Test debut against Pakistan

We are the lucky ones - Ireland remember their past ahead of historic first Test

Pakistan, Ireland historic test begins in Dublin today

However, hopes that today's event would go ahead in the afternoon have now been scuppered due to the weather.

"We've got a lot of those boxes ticked off and we're confident that we can beat any nation on any given day".

Overnight rain and the ensuing wet conditions meant Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong, the umpires, had no option but to call off the first session.

Visiting skipper Sarfraz Ahmed admitted it will be an honour for Pakistan to be involved in the historic occasion - and believes Irish cricket will benefit greatly from the chance to play Test cricket.

Ford might have given Aussie-born Nathan Smith his first game of any sort for Ireland but the tall paceman, who plays in Belfast, has withdrawn with a side strain so Merrion medium-pacer Tyrone Kane is pencilled in as first change after Rankin and Tim Murtagh.

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.

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"I've dreamed of being a Test cricketer for as long as I can remember".

Yet while many Irish sports fans are starting to get acquainted with cricket, the sport has deep roots in the "Emerald Isle". Although no one knew it at the time, Ireland's win perversely damaged the cause of aspiring cricket nations. 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.

They made an even bigger global splash when they knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 one-day worldwide World Cup tournament with a stunning St Patrick's Day win at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

Porterfield and some of his Ireland team-mates had the chance to pick the brains of former Marcus Trescothick during a warm-up match against Somerset and they will look to put the former England batsman's advice to good use against Pakistan. "And the risk for us is huge because it's an untested format".

But proud captain William Porterfield was determined not to forget about the 690 Ireland players who have missed out.

"Are we favourites? No".

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