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Ireland to host Pakistan in ODI series

Gary Wilson and Taufeeq Umar: Pakistan won an ODI series against Ireland in 2011

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Ireland will play Pakistan in a two-match one-day international series in May.

The games will take place on the 23th and 26th of the month, with the venues still to be finalised.

Pakistan, who were famously knocked out of the 2007 World Cup by Ireland, will use the matches as preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy which starts on 6 June.

"It's fantastic news for Irish cricket, and we're grateful to both ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board for making the series possible," said Ireland coach Phil Simmons.

"Pakistan are a formidable one-day side and it's a great way of measuring where we are as a team.

"We've had some wonderful tussles with them in the past, and for many, Irish cricket was born the day we beat them in the 2007 World Cup. That win grabbed the attention of the world and we haven't looked back since."

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore added: "We are eagerly awaiting our matches against the Irish team.

"Irish cricket has been improving consistently and we will be looking forward to some competitive games ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy."

Pakistan last toured Ireland in 2011, playing two ODI matches in Belfast and winning both.