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Ireland-Pakistan games both put back by 24 hours

Ireland beat Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup
Ireland famously beat Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup

Ireland's two one-day internationals against Pakistan in Belfast in May have both been put back by 24 hours.

The opening game will now take place at Stormont on Saturday 28 May with the second match at the same venue on Monday 30 May.

The matches had originally been scheduled for 27 and 29 May but travel issues for the Pakistan squad have led to the date changes.

In their last 50-over clash, Ireland beat Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup.

The Irish already have a match against England at Clontarf lined up for the summer as well as games against Sri Lanka and Scotland in Edinburgh.

"This is what we have been crying out for, fixtures against the top teams," said Ireland coach Phil Simmons.

"We have shown just how much our cricket has improved, and by playing these type of games, it will keep growing in the right direction.

"We are due to play Sri Lanka and England as well, so that is definitely a step in the right direction as far as Irish cricket is concerned.

"It will be a great chance for the players to pit their wits against some of the best cricketers in world cricket.

"I am sure the Irish supporters will come out in numbers to support the team in their first appearances on Irish soil following the World Cup."

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