Ben Stokes, who broke Black Caps hearts in the World Cup cricket final, has been nominated for New Zealander of the Year.
England's Stokes has been nominated along with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who was also named Player of the Tournament.
The all-rounders' match-winning innings of 84 allowed the hosts to tie New Zealand's score of 8-241 and then helped the home team prevail after a tie-breaking "super over" in which both teams scored 15 runs.
Stokes was also involved in the bizarre twist during the super over when a throw from the boundary headed for the wicketkeeper ricocheted off his bat and went for four.
Six runs were awarded to the batting side which helped England post the competitive score before eventually winning the final on a countback of boundaries hit during the match.
Stokes 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.
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's clearly a few Kiwis about who think we can still claim him."
Bennett said the way Williamson conducted himself in the face of devastating disappointment in the final and throughout the World Cup resonated with Kiwis.
"He's been the embodiment of the qualities we cherish as New Zealanders - courage, fairness, humility," he said.
However the decision hasn’t gone down overly well.
How is Ben Stokes who is English eligible for New Zealander of the year?https://t.co/IIIbqPrEvK— Clive (@vanillawallah) July 18, 2019
I get he is kiwi born and his dad lives in NZ, but Stokes now plays for England. Surely he shouldn't be eligible for this award?— The Cricketeers (@cricketeersnz) July 18, 2019
Ben Stokes broke Kiwi hearts - now he's up for New Zealander of Year, via @nzherald https://t.co/1p7YkelGo1#CWC19 #CWC19Final #NZ #NZvsENG
Ridiculous!— D_& (@LackOfToast) July 18, 2019