William Porterfield believes things are looking up for Irish cricket, despite their elimination from the ICC World Twenty20.
The Irish lost by 39 runs to Pakistan at the Oval, their third successive defeat in the Super Eight stage of the tournament.
But they at least advanced past the first stage and Porterfield believes the experience of playing in the event will stand his side in good stead for the future.
"We can take a lot out of it, we have a lot of things to work on over the winter and hopefully coming up to the qualifiers for the next one, the more and more Twenty20 we play, the better," he said.
"But we are progressing with the bat and I think we are doing really well with the ball.
"The more and more cricket we play against these top sides the better it is for ourselves and the more and more lads get full-time contracts the more we are going to improve so things are looking up for Irish cricket."
Pakistan amassed 159-5 from their innings before reducing Ireland to 120-9, with Porterfield, who scored 40 himself, believing the Irish had come up against a Pakistan side who are hitting top form.
"They're a good team - they've started playing really well in this tournament and they put a decent total on the board and with the bowling attack that they have it was never going to be easy and we just faltered again," he said.