CRICKET- England all-rounder Ben Stoke has been nominated for New Zealander of the Year award along with Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson.
Though Stokes is part of the England World Cup winning team but he is New Zealand born. His family lives in Christchurch.
Stokes scored 465 runs and claimed seven wickets for England in the just concluded World Cup.
New Zealander of the Year Awards Chief Judge Cameron Bennett said about Stoke’s 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.”
Skipper Williamson who showed great composure during New Zealand’s heart-breaking loss in the final has also been nominated.
“He’s been the embodiment of the qualities we cherish as New Zealanders courage, fairness, humility,” Bennett said about him.
A shortlist of 10 candidates to be considered for the award will be announced in December and the final winner will be revealed at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in February.