Ireland's first day in Test cricket is washed out by rain

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William Porterfield will captain Ireland in its inaugural Test proud of the years of campaigning that have led to Friday's match against Pakistan here.

That journey was also taken by Ed Joyce and Boyd Rankin, both of whom are now back in Ireland's Test squad.Concerns remain that the "golden generation" of Irish cricketers are ageing - six of the 14-strong squad are well into their 30s - and that there is a lack of depth behind them.

It is understood that the forecast for the next few days is a lot better.

Ireland, which famously knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup, will become the 11th men's Test nation when the coin is tossed at the Malahide ground.

"A couple of guys have faced him in county cricket and multi-day games and we played against them in white-ball cricket".

Ireland were forced to make a late change to their squad after seamer Nathan Smith suffered a side strain in training, with Craig Young drafted in as cover. Although no one knew it at the time, Ireland's win perversely damaged the cause of aspiring cricket nations.

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

"First of all, congrats from my side and on behalf of the Pakistan team as well".

That success redoubled Irish ambitions to play five-day Test cricket, still regarded as the sport's supreme format.

"Are we favourites? No. But we've as much chance as anyone if we do the basics right, in our own conditions we will give ourselves a very good chance", he added.

Speaking to the media following the decision, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said that while it may have been possible to play for a couple of hours later in the day, he felt that it would be more "appropriate" to begin such an occasion on Saturday morning.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi, who will be in Dublin for the historic Test, however insisted that there was no room for a tour in the near future as Pakistan have a packed schedule in the next 12 months.

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