My vote goes to Kane Williamson: Ben Stokes responds to New Zealander of the Year nomination

first_imgMy vote goes to Kane Williamson: Ben Stokes responds to New Zealander of the Year nominationTwo titans of the World Cup 2019 final – Ben Stokes and Kane Williamson – have been nominated for New Zealander of the Year award, but Stokes issued a statement declaring his unflinching support behind the Kiwi skipper.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 23, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 15:55 IST Stokes has nominated Kane Williamson to win the New Zealander of the Year award (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBen Stokes was the Man of the Match during the World Cup 2019 finalStokes was born in New Zealand before his family moved to EnglandKane Williamson too has been nominated for the coveted awardEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes who was recently nominated for New Zealander of the Year award has issued a statement in response to the nomination saying that although he is ‘flattered to be nominated’ for the award but feels that ‘there are people who deserve it more’. Chief amongst those, according to Stokes is Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper.Stokes said in the statement that he is proud of his Maori heritage but his life is firmly established in the UK since he was aged 12. The charismatic all-rounder goes on to say that Williamson should be ‘revered as a Kiwi legend’ and asks the New Zeland public to put their weight behind their captain who also happens to ‘typify what it is to be a New Zealander’Here is the full statement:”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.”I have helped England lift a World Cup and my life is firmly established in the UK it has been since I was 12-years old.”I feel the whole country should align their support to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He should be revered as a kiwi legend. He 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.”advertisementStokes posted the statement on his Twitter page captioning it ‘My thoughts is the nomination for New Zealander of the year.’My thoughts is the nomination for New Zealander of the yearhttps://t.co/0Uv1pFMzvOBen Stokes (@benstokes38) July 23, 2019Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to England with his family when he was 12. His father Gerard, who played rugby league for New Zealand, was then coaching in England.Stokes has remained in England since, though his parents Gerard and Deb returned to live in the South Island city of Christchurch.Earlier during the declaration of nominations, 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 are clearly a few Kiwis about who think we can still claim him.”Also Read | Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the YearAlso Read | Didn’t want to feel the pain and regret of losing another final: Jos ButtlerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow World Cup 2019last_img

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