New Zealand’s men cricket team has won the ICC’s Spirit of Cricket award for their ‘sporting conduct’ after the 2019 World Cup final.
The award, named in the memory of former MCC president and BBC journalist Christopher Martin-Jenkins, is awarded to the side for playing the game in right spirit.
New Zealand were edged by England in the finals on boundary count with scores in 100 overs and Super Over dead level. The final was also marred by an on-field call of awarding runs for an overthrow that ricocheted off Ben Stokes' bat to the boundary. However, the New Zealand side didn’t protest in a vehement manner.
“The New Zealand team are worthy winners of this award. In the heat of battle, they displayed a level of sportsmanship that was fitting for such a fantastic final, and indeed tournament,” said MCC president Kumar Sangakkara.
“It is a testament to their squad that even after a match that will live long in the memory for the cricket that was played, we are still talking about the Spirit of Cricket. Their actions deserve this recognition.”
The award was presented to Kane Williamson following the recently drawn Test match against England at Hamilton.