After leveling the Test rubber (2-2), the Pakistan cricket team has begun their Irish tour, and they will take on the home side in the first One Day International out of two at the Malahide. The game will start at 3.15 p.m. (IST) and 09.45 AM (GMT).Pakistani pacer Umar Gul is returning to the squad after a sixteen long months hiatus, and it will surely raise the overall morale of the team.

Will Pakistan play ICC World Cup Qualifier?

This is the most alarming question which is being faced by Azhar Ali and crew as they gear up for this initial encounter.

The Asian team is now ranked ninth in the ICC World rankings. They are seven points behind the West Indies who are ranked at the eighth spot. By the end of this series,

Pakistan will be aiming to jump above the Carribean so that they will automatically qualify for the upcoming World Cup. If Azhar's boys fail in this attempt, we can see them playing the qualifiers along with other four bottom placed nations in 2018.

After completing the two-match series against Ireland, The Men in Green will play another five-match battle with England, and they are striving to win all the games to climb the ranking table.

New formation, fresh hopes

Pakistan has retained only seven men out of the fifteen who were present in the Test squad against the English side. Hasan Ali, the 22-yearold seamer who showcased some stunning bowling capabilities when performing for the A team has been included in the squad, and we should wait to know whether he will find a place in the eleven.

The Pakistan skipper is confident of a good show from his boys, on the eve of the ODI, he admitted that they need to perform well like they did in Tests.

PTV Sports live TV Telecast

Cricket lovers in Pakistan can watch the match on ptv sports, and ESPN will broadcast it in the US.The live streaming can be enjoyed on the official websites.

The weather forecast is perfect on Thursday after two days of rain.

In another game today, India will play the 4th Test against the West Indies.

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