It was then the idea of becoming a Test nation, a status the International Cricket Council granted Ireland and Afghanistan a year ago, took hold.
Having tied with Zimbabwe in their opening fixture, Ireland turned up on St Patrick's Day in Kingston, Jamaica, to see a green pitch for their match against Pakistan, and a sea of green in the crowd as thousands of Irish fans took over the Sabina Park ground. "But it would be remiss if we didn't talk about everything that has gone before us".
But the 22-year-old left-hander, who hit a hundred on his one-day global debut against Sri Lanka last year, has made fifties against both Kent and Northamptonshire in Pakistan's two warm-up matches ahead of this one-off Test. "I was lucky I won that toss", said Johnston, who was also rightly proud of the "bloody good cricket", Ireland played against Pakistan.
Ireland have joined the sport's top table at a time when there are ongoing fears over Test cricket's standing in the game's hierarchy.
"We're prepared to take risks", Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom told the 42.ie website.
Summit likely to be held in Singapore, not Panmunjom
Quoting a South Korean diplomat, the newspaper said North Korea's sincerity about dismantlement is being tested. On top of that, Trump's team has few experts who have actually met or spoken to a North Korean official.
"Last June, the decision in terms of becoming a full member, Test cricket obviously comes along with that, but the biggest thing is probably getting the full membership", Porterfield added.
"I've dreamed of being a Test cricketer for as long as I can remember".
"They will go in as favourites but we know we've got everything we need to win a game of cricket, especially in our own conditions".
Pakistan will hand a debut to opener Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, who amassed almost 9,000 Test runs in his career. "It is a privilege to be a part of this historic match and all of us are really looking forward to it", the 30-year-old said.
Not since Australia beat England by 45 runs in Melbourne in 1877 in the first Test ever played has a team got off to a victorious start in cricket's premier format. We've also seen that some PSL matches were held in Lahore and Karachi and were incident-free.