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Ben Stokes nominated for ‘New Zealander of the Year’


Ben Stokes, England’s World Cup star was born in New Zealand and moved to England when he was 12. Stokes’ father Gerard played in the Kiwi rugby league.

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The English cricketer who broke a the heart of Kiwi nation is among early nominations for the ‘New Zealander of the Year Award’ along with Black Caps captain Kane Williamson, Newstalk ZB host Simon Barnett, former league star Manu Vatuvei and one of the heroes of the Christchurch mosque attacks, Abdul Aziz.

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Despite Stokes doesn’t represent New Zealand, the country’s chief judge Cameron Bennett said his heritage was enough for such a selection.

Bennet said,

“He might not have been playing for the Blackcaps, but having been born in Christchurch, where his parents now live, and with Maori ancestry, there’s clearly a few Kiwis about who think we can still claim him.”

Stokes played a crucial role in England’s World Cup victory and he was adjudged Man of the Final. The left-hander played a knock of 84 runs in the final and scored 465 runs in the tournament.

“The way he [Williamson] conducted himself, not only in the face of such devastating disappointment at Lord’s, but throughout the tournament, resonated powerfully with Kiwis from all walks of life,” added Bennett.

 

According to British media reports, England Prime Ministerial candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have hinted that Ben Stokes could be awarded a knighthood following his glorified performance in England’s first World Cup victory.

According to the rules, all New Zealand citizens who are older than 15 years are eligible to be nominated.

 

The nomination for the Award will be closed on September 15. The shortlisted candidates comprised of 10 will in December. The winner will be announced next February.

 

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