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The venue has been confirmed for Ireland's historic first Test match next May
Malahide will host Ireland’s meeting with Pakistan.

CRICKET IRELAND HAVE announced that Malahide will host Ireland’s historic first Test match next May.

Pakistan were confirmed as Ireland’s opposition for the five-day Test last month, with the dates later announced as between Friday 11 May and Tuesday 15 May.

The venue was believed to be Malahide, but Cricket Ireland confirmed the news in a statement this morning.

“We are delighted that Malahide has agreed to host this historic game against Pakistan,” Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said.

“Even in its short history of hosting our matches, the club has already given us some wonderful memories, and we trust that May 11 and its ensuing days will provide many more.

“We would like to thank the club’s members for their continuing hospitality.”

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Malahide chairman Ciaran Keohane added:

“Malahide Cricket Club is delighted to host the Inaugural Test Match in Ireland. We are looking forward to welcoming both teams to The Village.

“This is a great showcase not only for Irish cricket, but for Malahide and the wider Fingal area.”

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