Ireland news January 21, 2013

Ireland secure Pakistan fixtures

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland have secured more valuable game-time against Full Member opposition, confirming a two-match one-day series against Pakistan in May as part of the visitors' preparations for the Champions Trophy.

The matches will rekindle memories of one of Ireland's most famous days on the international stage when they beat Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup in Jamaica. The sides have met twice since then at the ODI level with Pakistan winning both matches during a short trip in 2011. These latest games will be played on May 23 and 26, with the venues still to be confirmed, during a week-long stay for Pakistan in Ireland.

The matches add to an increasing fixture list for Ireland, which includes a one-day international against England and a tour by Australia A. There are also plans in place to play a series against Bangladesh. Ireland have benefited from extra funding from the ICC that is enabling them to attract more high-level opposition, which is a key part of their long-term plan.

Phil Simmons, the Ireland coach, said: "It's fantastic news for Irish cricket, and we're grateful to both ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board for making the series possible. The extra funding we've secured through TAPP ensures we're able to organise additional matches against Full Members.

"Pakistan are a formidable one-day side and it's a great way of measuring where we are as a team. We've had some wonderful tussles with them in the past, and for many, Irish cricket was born the day we beat them in the 2007 World Cup. That win grabbed the attention of the world and we haven't looked back since."

Last week, Pakistan were also confirmed as playing Scotland in two one-day internationals in the build-up to the Champions Trophy.

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  • khurram on January 23, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    thats very great. some negitive coments like it will not help pak or if pak lost. or its just for ranking .. i think its good and pak can practise for CT. Plus it will benefit ireland. Icc should not only help by giving cash to small teams but also should get bigger teams to play small teams. during ipl window many big teams can get 6/7 first choice players & play small teams. Pakitan have none in ipl & england hasnt got much. defeat is part of game but need to promote cricket more. its been ages a full member came in .

  • khurram on January 23, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    @fast track bully: mate do you know anything about rankings? when you play smaller teams you may not get much point to improve ranking.

  • Fahad on January 23, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Wel said haris abbasi good going

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    @ fast track bully Pakistan may be isolated AT HOME definitely and there is very little we can do about it at the moment from a cricketing point of view But we are making the most of any series against top sides we get even with all the problems we have faced. We drew against australia and south africa, won against england , sri lanka, new zealand in the past 2-3 years.We have also vindicated ourselves in ICC LOI competitions as well and performed admirably considering our problems. In addition we have also faced minnows like india , bangladesh and zimbabwe and thrashed them convincingly as well. So we are doing alright. Your and other likeminded indians concerns are appreciated but really not needed. :) P.S. We do have an away series against the saffers next week and also have test series against South Africa, west indies, sri lanka and australia coming up in the next 18 months

  • Manesh on January 22, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Funny to see Pakistan trying to improve their rankings by playing against a minnow. But pakistan will lost that too, I am afraid. It is a shame that Pakistan playing more ofter against weak teams. Look at India, India played against top teams always.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Pakistan will lose to Ireland.

  • Moynul on January 21, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Unless Pakistan help themselves by getting their law enforcement force work together to get the stability back in the country, none of the test playing nations will visit them soon or future. Although I would love to see Pakistan competing against all test playing nations in their own soil.

  • MUHAMMAD on January 21, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    good chance for pakistan to give experience to their youngsters .i think pakistan should try their new batsmans a full new team against scotland and ireland their are 4 matches and they can get experience

  • Mohammed on January 21, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    It may be a good news for Irish fans and their cricket but not so much for Pakistan. Something needs to be done to enable Pakistan to stage International cricket at home. And no one can do more to this end than Pakistan themselves. I hope peace and security return to Pakistan soon.

  • Shakhawat on January 21, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    This series will be benefit for both nation Pakistan and Ireland, Ireland is a fantastic Limited over side they are highliy potential. They can improve their quality by play with quality side

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