A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Ireland to play two ODIs against Pakistan in May

Ireland will be looking to re-enact these scenes during their two-match series

Just days after Scotland announced that they would be playing two ODIs against Pakistan in May, Ireland have done the same in order to continue playing against top ranked opposition.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced that they have agreed to play against both teams since it will give the national team some much-needed practice before the Champions Trophy in June.

The Ireland Pakistan match-up will trigger some happy memories for Irish cricket fans, especially when their side beat Pakistan during the 2007 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Jamaica.

Since that day, Pakistan and Ireland have squared off against each other twice and the Asian cricketing giants have been victorious in both matches.

The two ODIs are scheduled to take place on May 23 and 26, but the venues are still yet to be confirmed.

This short series adds more international fixtures for Ireland, as they will face England in an ODI and host Australia A for a tour as well.

Ireland are also in talks with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) about hosting a series.

Speaking about the fixtures, Ireland coach Phil Simmons 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.”

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