Ultimately Ireland lost against Pakistan, but they performed better than most other Test teams on their maiden appearance. But then, the team had considerable international experience before they played in the Test.
We all know that B Rankin had played one Test for England. He has also played in ODIs and T20Is for England and Ireland.
Similarly EC Joyce has played in ODIs and T20Is for England and Ireland.
All 11 members of the team had played T20Is earlier. T Kane is the only one who had not played in an ODI.
Another potential player was Eoin Morgan who played 16 Tests for England with two centuries, besides ODIs for England and Ireland and T20Is for England. He could well have played here, but appears to prefer his present position as England’s ODI captain.
Probably Afghanistan’s Test team will have a similar bank of experience, except that they would never have played an international match in their home country.