Test and ODI leagues confirmed by ICC boss Dave Richardson

Ireland and Pakistan in a one-day international in Malahide in 2016

Ireland and Pakistan in a one-day international in Malahide in 2016

Ireland and Afghanistan were granted full Test membership rights after years of lobbying in the Annual General Meeting of the ICC in London earlier this June. The ODI league will first have a two-year cycle ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Each competing team will play in eight series over that time, each one being played over three matches.

Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, said that member countries had moved with the times by accepting the need for greater context for worldwide cricket, responding to the demands of broadcasters, sponsors and fans.

ICC said in a media release on Tuesday that Pakistan will play a "red ball" match against Ireland in April before their two-Test tour of England in 2018. "I would like to congratulate our members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first", he said.

Cricket Ireland are hoping to persuade Pakistan to be its first opponents in the longest format of the game at Malahide next year.

Cricket Ireland has five provincial unions - the newest, for the western province of Connacht, was founded in 2010, the first founded in more than 60 years, with nine teams involved.

The ODI league, that's set to be put in place in 2020, will have 13 teams - the 12 Full Members and the victor of the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

"We can hardly complain about compromising the traditional rhythms of Test cricket when Ireland hasn't played one yet", Deutrom was quoted as saying by Cricket Country last month".

ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson told reporters in Auckland on Friday that while details still needed to be worked out, the test championship would commence after the 2019 World Cup and culminate with a final in mid-2021. They were scheduled to tour India in early 2018 but that bilateral series remains off limits now owing to the Indian Government's stance. The approval of both leagues is the conclusion of two years of work from the members who have explored a whole range of options to bring context to every game. With the chilly European conditions and a nervy Pakistan squad, Ireland might just be looking towards making a dream entry on cricket's most prestigious stage.

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