LAHORE – Ireland is expected to play its first ever Test match against Pakistan next year.

“Pakistan’s next red-ball match is expected against Ireland in April/May,” said an International Cricket Council (ICC) media release regarding Pakistan slipping a place in Tests after losing against Sri Lanka.

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Ireland’s first Test match against Pakistan is likely to be held in Dublin next year, an ICC official confirmed to

The match is expected ahead of Pakistan’s tour to England in May 2018.

The average temperature for Dublin in April is a frosty eight degrees, which jumps to a balmy 11 in May, conditions far removed from the kind Pakistan is used to for their home games in the desert kingdom of the United Arab Emirates.

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The match could also be limited to four days rather than the traditional five.