Young, 28, has played 13 one-day internationals and 15 Twenty20 Internationals for Ireland and made his worldwide debut in 2014. "On their day, they can beat anybody in the world, and while conditions might be against them, you'd say they're still going in as very strong favourites". This is something that we have looked forward to since a long time. This week is all about Test cricket but hopefully from financial aspect it opens up a beautifully to make the game competitive within Ireland, making it sustainable and getting more fixtures. All the pressure is on us because we are the Test team.
"But, as we have mentioned already ourselves among the squad, it would be pretty remiss of us if we didn't talk what had gone on before us, and not just in terms of the last five or 10 years, which everyone will probably remember the most, but also every cricketer who has ever played for Ireland, plus administrators off the field".
"But you know what?" Imam, however, put all that to bed immediately, with an 88 in his first game against India U-19, at a very young age of 16.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah leads Pakistan's pack of bowlers at 16th position, while fast bowlers Mohammad Abbas (37th) and Mohammad Amir (39th) are the other prominent names in the team for Pakistan, who were top-ranked in Tests in August 2016.
Ireland are set to embark on a new journey, and Pakistan will expect nothing less than a tremendous fight from a team that made name for themselves by humiliating them in the 2007 World Cup.
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For Porterfield and his team-mates it promises to be an especially memorable occasion, but he was quick to pay tribute to all those who had helped make Ireland's Test debut a reality. To get to this stage is a huge credit to them. However, since then, they have slipped in the rankings and are now placed a lowly seventh.
From an Irish perspective, securing Test status was a way of stopping leading players following Eoin Morgan, now England's one-day captain, from leaving to seek better opportunities over the Irish Sea.
It was a much-appreciated decision by the ICC to grant Test status to Ireland and Afghanistan, who have been the most consistent performers among the Associate Nations over the years.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said it is a privilege for him and his side to be part of a historic debut Test match for Ireland which kicks off in Dublin from Friday.
The pressure will certainly be on the likes of Imam, Babar Azam and Azhar Ali.
"It would be great if we could play quite a few Tests a year, but it is not financially viable as it stands", the 33-year-old added.