Williamson more deserving for ‘New Zealander of the Year’; Stokes withdraws his name

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English all-rounder Ben Stokes withdrawn his name for New Zealander of the Year Award nominee and said “It doesn’t sit right to be nominated for such a prestigious award.”

It is worth mentioning here that after playing an instrumental role in England’s maiden World Cup triumph, World Cup 2019 final hero Ben Stokes got a surprise from the country of his birth as he was nominated for ‘New Zealander of the Year’ award.

“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,” Stokes said in a statement.

Stokes further said that he feel the whole country should align their support to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson. Kane should be revered as a Kiwi legend.

“Kane 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,” Stokes concluded.