It doesn't matter, against Ireland or England, we have to play good cricket and that will give us confidence, and make our youngsters to do well in the England series.
Pakistan:Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Faheem Ashraf.
But it will be the Ireland batting which will be key to their performance, putting runs on the board to give the bowlers something to defend and having scored two centuries in his previous seven games against Pakistan, Stirling will be comfortable in the middle. "We hope they will play good and be a very good side in future".
Imam, the nephew of former Pakistan captain and current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, has been in excellent form going into the fixture as he made 61 in the warm-up match against Kent and followed it up scores of 11 and 59 not out against Northamptonshire. Meanwhile, Joyce, who has also represented England in white-ball cricket, is Ireland's most experienced batsman with 254 first-class matches under his belt. We are blessed in our sport to have three fantastic formats and with that comes the challenge for players of where to place their focus, but this week has reminded me of the importance of Test cricket in that mix.
But the 31-year-old, who made his five-day debut for England in 2010, does not believe a similarly successful outcome is essential in Ireland's first foray into Test cricket. "Everyone has been looking forward to this week, so it is a big occasion for all involved", he was quoted by ICC.
"Cricket is a amusing game and you can't take any side lightly", Imam said.
Barry McCarthy, one of those unlucky to miss out on selection initially, picked up an injury in his latest county match for Durham, thus ruling him out of contention to replace Smith, Cricket Ireland said.
T20 worldwide cricket is the way we will grow the sport globally, there are more T20 domestic leagues than there are 50 over leagues so we need to grow the global game in this format, making it as easy as possible for more countries to compete.
The batsman told the Belfast Telegraph: "Hopefully we can get stuck in from ball one".
"You don't know if the toss will be crucial, if you get a couple of early wickets and put pressure on from there, there could be a few surprises, so no-one really knows what to expect".
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. After all we don't work cricket, we play cricket.
Belhaj and Saadi were released from jail in Tripoli in 2010 under a reconciliation deal arranged by Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam. Boudchar was in the public gallery of the House of Commons with her son, now 14, to hear the apology.
With few major policy differences, the candidates ran bitter campaigns by arguing who's the strongest Trump supporter. The Vice President's brother, Greg Pence, won the GOP primary for Indiana's 6th Congressional District on Tuesday.
Nemati said that they are attempting to get the engineers freed through mediation as well as through tribe elders, PTI reported. In 2016, an Indian aid worker, Judith D'Souza, was abducted in Kabul and was released 40 days later.
The Bank of England has announced it is keeping its main interest rate at 0.5% amid evidence that the economy is slowing. However, the Bank described that as a "temporary soft patch" with "few implications" for the outlook for the economy.
Since launching its spring offensive, the Taliban also has overrun at least four Afghan districts and threatened several others. Afghan security personnel inspect at the site of a suicide attack, in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.
Wednesday, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 85, the weather service said. With the increased heat and humidity, afternoon shower and storm chances are possible both days.
This vulnerability only affects Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2, the bulletin said. Development on the feature will continue and it is too early to tell how useful it will be in the end.
It is a bold, biting commentary on modern American discourse and the racial disparity, gun violence and vanity that come with it. In the video, Glover is joined by a number of schoolchildren who jive in unison with the rapper.
The Red Sox saw 2016 AL Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello take the mound with a 5-0 record and a 2.14 ERA entering the night. The Yankees - with yet another comeback win - have come all the way back to take over sole possession of first place .
Wednesday morning, lawmakers asked Haspel if she would allow the agency to waterboard suspects again if the president ordered it. She appeared to find it shortly after the hearing when Democrat Joe Manchin said he would support her.
Google has said that, in the coming months, users should keep an eye on upcoming apps and devices which work with Google Photos . When you type a sentence in an email, lighter text to potentially complete the sentence will appear.
RBS agrees $4.9bn U.S. fine in 'milestone moment'
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Walmart to open 50 new stores in India in 4-5 yrs
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USA wants Venezuela punished by 35-nation group
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Spoon and Stable's Gavin Kaysen wins second James Beard
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