Stokes asks to vote for Williamson with an emotional message
English all-rounder Ben Stokes was nominated for New Zealander of the Year along with the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson.
It came to everyone’s surprise when England all-rounder Ben Stokes was nominated for New Zealander of the Year along with Kane Williamson. Though, Stokes was born in New Zealand, it was quite a shocking one as the all-rounder broke New Zealand’s heart in the final to seal the World Cup for England.
Stokes was born in Christchurch and moved to Durham in England at the age of 12. Since then, his parents have moved back to Christchurch.
Chief Judge Cameron Bennett said of Stokes’ nomination: “He might not have been playing for the Black Caps 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.”
Meanwhile, just after a few days, Stokes won the hearts of millions with an emotional message where he turned out to be nominated for the award. He believes there are more people who deserves to win this award more than him and he chosed the Kiwi captain to be the winner.
Stokes posted on his official Facebook page:
“I am flattered to be nominated for New Zealander of the Year. I am proud of my New Zealand and Maori heritage but it would not sit right with me to be nominated for this prestigious award. There are people who deserve this recognition more and have done a lot more for the country of New Zealand.
I have helped England lift a World Cup and my life is firmly established in the UK – it has been since I was 12-years old.
I feel the whole country should align their support to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He should be revered as a kiwi legend. He led his team in this World Cup with distinction and honour. He was the player of the tournament and an inspirational leader of men. He shows humility and empathy to every situation and is an all-round good bloke. He typifies what it is to be a New Zealander. He would be a worthy recipient of this accolade. New Zealand, fully support him. He deserves it and gets my vote.”