"We've mentioned it amongst the squad, it would be pretty remiss if we didn't talk about everything that's gone before us".
"On and off the pitch, administrators and a lot of people have devoted a lot of their lives to make this happen. It is a big honour for me and my team to play this historic Test match".
Visiting skipper Sarfraz Ahmed admitted it will be an honour for Pakistan to be involved in the historic occasion - and believes Irish cricket will benefit greatly from the chance to play Test cricket.
Pakistan are without the injured Yasir Shah for a tour where, after their match against Ireland, they will also play two Tests in England. Play will resume at 11am on Saturday morning.
"There has been a lot of banging the drum", said Porterfield.
According to the ICC website, the team includes Ed Joyce, Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Gary Wilson, Stuart Thompson, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Andre Balbirnie, Andy McBrine, Tyrone Kane, Nathan Smith and James Shannon.
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Preview: Ireland will look to do what no side have done in 141 years by winning their inaugural men's Test when they face Pakistan in a one-off match starting on Friday.
It meant that having waited so long just to arrive on the five-day scene, Ireland would have to wait a while more to actually begin their maiden Test. So, all those little factors only add to giving us a better chance of winning this game.
Most observers would be happy for Ireland to compete, to take the match into a fourth day - although the weather, if the forecast is to be believed, will probably ensure that - but to do that, it will need the majority of the side to be at the top of their game.
Let's hope that cricket venues can keep investing in their ground and improving their facilities, allowing every opportunity for as much cricket to be played as possible.
Cricket Ireland confirmed that all ticket holders would receive a full refund, stating: "All of today's ticket-holders will receive a 100% refund".