English CWC 2019 hero Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the Year award

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England’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final hero and star all-rounder Ben Stokes has now been nominated for the New Zealander of the Year award.

The Kiwi-born all-rounder joins an elite group of nominations with Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson, Newstalk ZB host Simon Barnett, former Rugby League star Manu Vatuvei and Abdul Aziz, who rose to prominence after his bravery during the Christchurch mosque attack.

It is pertinent to mention here that Ben Stokes was born in New Zealand and moved to England when he was 12. His performance in the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup final earned him the player of the match award.

The chief judge for the New Zealander of the Year Awards Cameron Bennett stated that New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson was a strong candidate for this year’s award.The chief judge regarded the early nomination of Stokes as ‘interesting’ but said that his New Zealand roots helped him get the nomination.The nominations for the award are expected to close on September 15.

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