Ireland captain William Porterfield feels that their Test debut on Friday against Pakistan in Dublin is a massive moment in the history of Ireland cricket.Ireland will become the first team to debut in the longest format of the game since Bangladesh in November, 2000 when they take the field at the Malahide Stadium on Friday.The Irish along with Afghanistan were awarded full member status last June and Porterfield feels the ex-cricketers played a huge role in that.”It is a massive occasion for everyone involved in Irish cricket,” Porterfield told reporters.”For the 11 lads who will take the pitch, it will be a fantastic occasion for them and their families but we have to also remember everything that has gone before in Irish cricket in terms of getting us to this stage, over the years.”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.”Ed Joyce, who could become one of the sport’s oldest Test debutants at 39, said the chance of taking the field in Test whites was still a “pinch me moment” for him.”I’m in the 14. Hopefully I make the final XI. It’ll be an incredible feeling,” he told BBC.”I played my first game a long time ago, 20 years ago, so to get to this point, where we’re on the verge of our first Test, is a great feeling, I can’t wait.”advertisementPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed backed Ireland to take their experience from limited-overs matches and thrive in the Test format.”It is a privilege to be a part of this historic Test match and all of us are really looking forward to it,” the 30-year-old said.”Ireland players feature prominently in the ICC ODI (one-day internationals) and T20I (Twenty20 internationals) player rankings, and I am confident that in due course they will also make their mark in the Test rankings.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Pacer Deepak Chahar made his debut for India in the third T20I against England at Bristol on Sunday. The 25-year-old received the cap from India skipper Virat Kohli as he replaced Kuldeep Yadav. He’s the 76th T20I player for India.India made one more change apart from Chahar’s inclusion. Siddarth Kaul replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was forced to sit out due to a back problem.The month of July has been very luck for the Rajasthan bowler as just last week he received his maiden call up to the Indian team after Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the T20I series due to a finger injury.Chahar was already in England at the time of his call up playing for India A squad in the 50-over tri-series, featuring England Lions and West Indies A.India vs England, 3rd T20I: Live Cricket ScoreIn three matches of the series, Chahar took 16 wickets including a five-wicket haul against West Indies A.Chahar came into the limelight following his good show with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) where he picked up 10 wickets in 12 games and was also their second-most economical bowler (economy rate: 7.28).Meanwhile, India are aiming to win their sixth T20I series on the trot.India won the first match of the three-match series by eight wickets in Manchester, but England bounced back with a five-wicket win in Cardiff to level the series 1-1.India’s unbeaten run stretches back to September 2017.The last time India lost a bilateral T20I contest was against West Indies in July 2017, albeit that was a one-off game. In fact, India’s last series loss with more one T20I game also came against the same opposition, at Florida in August 2016.advertisementIn between those two losses to West Indies, India beat England 2-1 in a three-match T20I series at home in January 2017. That contest is notable because India were 1-0 down, and came back to win the series with Chahal taking career-best 6-25 in the series decider at Bengaluru.A series win would also help India climb to number two in the ICC T20I rankings, relegating England to number seven.