For New Zealand’s exceptional level of sportsmanship, both on and off the field, and humility in defeat against England in the World Cup 2019, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has awarded Kane Williamson’s side the prestigious Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket award for 2019.
Blackcaps won the hearts of millions with their modesty after they were denied the World Cup trophy despite tying scores, as England outdone them on a boundary count.
Kumar Sangakkara, the president of the MCC, applauded the Blackcaps, saying: “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.”
“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 created in 2013, in memory of Martin-Jenkins, the former MCC president and BBC Test Match Special commentator. The award was presented to the New Zealand skipper Williamson after the second Test against England in Hamilton.