Wellington: All-rounder Ben Stokes, who played a major role in England taking the ICC World Cup 2019 trophy at Lord’s last Sunday (July 14), has been nominated for “New Zealander of the Year” award.

Stokes, who was born in New Zealand, played a crucial role in the World Cup 2019 final against the Kiwis. He was unbeaten with a half century and helped the hosts tie the game. He also played in the Super Over which too ended in a tie.

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After a double-tie, the World Cup trophy went to England as they had hit more boundaries than the Kane Williamson-led Kiwis. This rule of deciding the winner on boundary count received severe backlash from former cricketers and fans.

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Williamson, after returning home, had said that no one had lost the World Cup 2019 final.

At the age of 12, Stokes, along with his parents moved to England. However, Stokes’ parents Gerard and Deb returned to New Zealand and since then have been here. Deb had played rugby league for New Zealand.

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New Zealander of the Year Awards Chief Judge Cameron Bennett said, “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.”

Also nominated for the award is Williamson, who won millions of hearts for the way he led the team at the World Cup and for the reactions following the heartbreaking loss in the summit clash.

“The way (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. 

"He's been the embodiment of the qualities we cherish as New Zealanders – courage, fairness, humility,” Bennett added.