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Gayle thanks PM

Calcutta: Chris Gayle has thanked Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller for her role in his reinstatement on the team.

Gayle was banned from the West Indies side for more than a year due to a dispute between himself and the West Indies Cricket Board.

The opening batsman, who returned to Jamaica on Wednesday after the ICC T20 tournament, commended Prime Minister Simpson Miller for successfully lobbying the board on his behalf.

“To have been out of West Indies cricket for a year and a half was devastating for me, but that is life and we have to deal with it, and then eventually it paid off.” Gayle told a press conference at the Norman Manley International Airport, on Wednesday.

“Thanks to our own Prime Minister Portia Simpson (Miller), who actually delivered on what she planned for, of having me back in the team.”

Gayle’s dispute with the WICB stemmed from public criticism levelled against head coach Ottis Gibson and captain Darren Sammy. However, Gayle said he was happy to be back in the West Indies colours.

“I’m a true professional, so I keep it real and what I was there to do I did it. It was business, just one aim, one objective, which we accomplished” said the big-hitting opener.