Ireland, who were granted Test status a year ago, will play their first Test against Pakistan in Dublin from Friday 11 May.
We've seen West Indies' recent tour which went well. And Pakistan has been playing tests since 1952. Pakistan will take being part of history here, but the Test will also double as crucial preparation for their two-Test series in England later in May and June. They are the official broadcasters of the series.
They will be without Yasir Shah who has been ruled out of the Ireland and England tour due to a hip bone injury. From here on, more people will pick up the game and more kids will play the game as well.
The PCB Chairman Najam Sethi will be attending the Test match on Friday and says that there is no room for a tour at the moment. "They've been in the hunt to try and get Test match cricket for about a decade now and that has been justly rewarded".
Ireland captain William Porterfield said it is a massive occasion for everyone involved in Irish cricket and everyone has been looking forward to this big occasion. This is something that we have looked forward to since a long time.
Shadab will fit into an inexperienced and somewhat experimental Pakistan line-up.
It will be a dream realised for Imam-ul-Haq, should he make his Test debut as expected this week.
Pakistan warmed up for the Test by drawing with Kent before securing a nine-wicket victory over Northamptonshire.
"You've got a lot of past players - some of them are here with us, some aren't, but we have to remember and recognise what they have done to get us to this stage". "We saw that Imam was playing better, he scored two fifties in the practice matches so that's why we go with Imam-ul-Haq". But as an allrounder - and with Shadab's all-round skills - he offers Pakistan some much needed flexibility and, theoretically, depth in both their batting and bowling.
What are the squads of Ireland vs Pakistan one-off Test?
"Brother, that's not just in our hands", Sarfraz said. For Pakistan, n this will be a good opportunity to hone their skills before they embark on their tour to England for a couple of Tests.
"In a country like Ireland where the game at worldwide level is still bedding down in the mainstream environment and a five-day game in a country where it probably rains more than others?"
Such concerns have been a constant for Pakistan throughout their tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland so far.
"Two days (in Ireland) was very cold but today it is very shiny (sunny)", said Sarfraz.
And officials are already talking about a possible game against England. "The first match against Kent was too cold, but the Northampton match was too hot", Sarfraz rued. "It culminates in us being lucky enough at this time of our careers to take to the pitch".