Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the year: In what is a surprising decision, Stokes has been nominated for the prestigious award
The hero of England maiden World Cup triumph and the ‘Man of the match’ of the 2019 World Cup finals at Lord’s- Ben Stokes has been nominated for the New Zealander of the year award.
Yes, you’ve read it right. The man responsible for the agonising, heart-breaking moment he gave to scores of New Zealand hearts by staying right till the end of the English run chase by smashing a scintillating 98-ball 84 has been nominated for the most prestigious honour. Just New Zealand things, ain’t it!
Born in New Zealand, Stokes moved to UK at age 12
For people who are not aware, the English all-rounder was born in Christchurch, New Zealand but moved to the UK with his family at the age of 12.
His father, Gerard Stokes in fact used to play rugby league for New Zealand. Stokes has remained in the UK since, although his parents have returned home and now live in the South Island city of Christchurch.
On Friday, it was revealed that Stokes has been nominated for the prestigious Kiwi honour along with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who emerged as the ‘Man of the Tournament’ of the 2019 World Cup.
New Zealander of the Year chief judge Cameron Bennett said, “Stokes 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”.
The website for the New Zealander of the Year states those suitable to win the award “make a significant contribution to our nation and make us proud of our country”. Nominations are open to members of the public.