Ireland’s cricket team deserve as much support as possible this weekend for the first test series to be held in the country, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Alan Farrell, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal said: “I am delighted that Ireland are making their test debut here in Malahide on Friday.
“I have been bowled over by local support for the country’s cricket team and everyone should make an effort to support our batsmen this weekend with three matches taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
“Cricket is growing sport in Ireland and we have seen what the national side is capable of over the last decade when they have produced some big results on the world stage.
“This weekend is a historic occasion for everyone involved and I encourage everyone in the locality to come out, wear their whites (and green and orange) and support Irish cricketers over the coming days,” Deputy Farrell said.
“I know that the team will receive a rapturous welcome when they take to the field against Pakistan in Malahide this Friday.
“Ireland’s test status is the result of some extraordinary work by the players, staff and of course, the supporters.
“It is fitting we take the field against Pakistan against whom we scored a famous victory at the World Cup in 2007. Hopefully, everyone won’t be hit for six should we beat them again.
“Over a hundred million will be watching in Pakistan, where cricket is the most popular sport.
“I wish the Irish team the very best of luck,” Deputy Farrell added.