England's World Cup hero Ben Stokes joined the ranks of the aristocrats as he received the noble title of 'Lord' from Sealand, a tiny self-proclaimed principality seven miles off the Suffolk coast. The all-rounder scored an unbeaten 84-run knock to help England level scores with the Kiwis in the finals of the World Cup following which he made a crucial eight runs in the Super Over which was also tied after a run-out off the last ball.
Television presenter Piers Morgan presented Stokes with a Lord of Sealand award on Good Morning Britain show hosted by him during which he also advocated for a knighthood for Stokes for playing the hero's role in ensuring England's World Cup victory. England ended their 44-year wait to be crowned World champions after beating New Zealand by the boundary count rule to emerge as winners of the finals on July 14 at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
Piers Morgan took to Twitter to make the announcement about Stokes receiving the honour. Read the tweet here:
However, a lesser-known fact is that anyone can become a Lord of Sealand - for the princely sum of £29.99 (Rs 2400) from the country's website.
Earlier, England pacer James Anderson made a startling revelation about the controversial extra runs that were awarded to England after the ball bounced off all-rounder Ben Stokes' bat and ran away to the boundary off an overthrow.
Anderson said that Stokes had asked the umpires to take away the four overthrows, the decisive point of the match that saw a Super Over in order to decide the winner of the tied contest.
A throw from Black Caps fielder Martin Guptill deflected off Stokes' bat while he was diving to reach his crease to complete the second run and the ball ran off to the boundary in the dying stages of the England run chase. Stokes had already completed two runs and hence the umpire awarded six runs in total after the overthrow. Many former cricketers and analysts have pointed out that England should have been awarded only five runs instead of six, a match-changing effect that would have seen the hosts go down by one run to New Zealand. Had the umpires agreed to Stokes, the match would have never been a tie and the Super Over would have never happened.