All-rounder Ben Stokes, who played a crucial role in England sailing through the nerve-wracking World Cup final 2019, could be knighted. At least, both men in the running for Prime Minister of UK say they are open to it.
When asked if they would consider knighting Stokes – Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both of whom are in the race to be Prime Minister Theresa May’s replacement later this month – replied affirmatively. The duo was present for a debate hosted by The Sun and talkRADIO.
The skipper if knighted would become the 12th sportsperson after Alaister Cook to receive the honour.
Stokes, who was also awarded Man of the Match award in the final, scored 84 runs and played an important role in taking his side to World Cup glory. This was England’s maiden World Cup title after a wait of 44 years.
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On Monday, the victorious England team also met Prime Minister May at 10 Downing Street for a reception.
“The final was not just cricket at its best but sport at its best – courage, character, sportsmanship, drama, incredible skill and even the odd slice of luck,” said PM May. “You are a team that represents modern Britain, and that plays like no other side in the world. You have helped the nation fall in love with cricket once again. You have inspired countless future Morgans, Rashids, and Archers.”