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Stokes’ unbeaten 84 in the final against New Zealand helped England win ICC World Cup 2019 for the first time ever. @ AFP

England’s hero of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Ben Stokes on Tuesday withdrew his name from the ‘New Zealander of the Year’ nomination list stating that it “doesn’t sit right to be nominated for such a prestigious award and instead proposed Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson for the prestigious award.

Stokes, who was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, moved to England at a young age with his family before going on to represent Durham and England.

His unbeaten 84 in the final against New Zealand helped England win ICC World Cup 2019 for the first time ever. Stokes ended the tournament with 465 runs including a man-of-the-match performance. (ALSO READ: I agree that there was an error: Kumar Dharmasena on World Cup final overthrow controversy)

“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 released by his management firm.

“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,” he added.

The official shortlist for the award is yet to be made but the 28-year old allrounder is an early contender among the public nominations. (ALSO READ: Sir Ben Stokes: Star England allrounder to be knighted for World Cup final heroics)

Apart from Stokes, Williamson is also expected to be nominated for the award. “I feel the whole country should align their support to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He should be revered as a Kiwi legend,” Stokes said in the statement.

“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.”