Former Ireland cricket captain Trent Johnston has acknowledged that he feels proud to have played a 'little part 'in Ireland finally becoming a test nation.  

Irish cricket faces into a historic weekend as the country plays its first ever Test Match against visiting Pakistan in Malahide. 

It was Pakistan who Ireland famously beat in the 2007 World Cup, the match which really kick-started Irish cricket's rise in the modern era. 

Johnston hit the winning six on that St. Patrick's Day against Pakistan. 

While Ireland have appeared to regress in the past couple of years in the one-day game - after years of consistent over-achievement - Johnston told RTÉ 2fm's Game On that feels Ireland could cause an upset against an inexperienced Pakistan side. 

"I suppose the word 'pride' would come to mind and knowing that you probably played a little part in what's gone on out there. It'll be great to see the 11 guys going out there and hopefully having Pakistan 70/4 for at lunch. 

"A lot of people have done a lot of hard work over the last 11 or 12 years to get to this stage, you know, players, coaches, administrative staff, volunteers.

"For all those people all over Ireland, it's a celebration for them. And it's a pat on the back to see where we've come to now.

"It's going to be an exciting day on Friday and I can see another upset happening. Pakistan have come over with a very experienced team. There could be five or six guys who're making their debut for them. So, I think we've a massive chance of winning these games in Malahide. If things do go our way, don't be surprised if Ireland win these weekend."

Johnston was joined on the programme by journalist and cricket historian Ger Siggins who has done much raise the profile of the game in Ireland over the past few decades.  

"It's as big as it gets for cricket people. They've been playing test cricket for 150 years and Ireland have only just been allowed to play it. It's a bit like FIFA decided they could only play on the public parks for years. And then they allowed them play 5-a-side. And then they allowed them play on the big pitch. 

"It'll be an emotional time. To watch a sport that I grew to love 40 years ago from where it was to where it will be. One of the things I'll think about are the hacks, the journalists I worked with over the years, people like Sean Pender and Carl Johnston who just aren't there.  

"There's going to be a hundred former players there who served their time in the trenches and are all entitled to a bit of the glory of being a test nation."

RTÉ will broadcast highlights of all five days of the test match.