Former India cricketer Jacob Martin is in critical condition in a Vadodara hospital after meeting with an accident on 28 December, and is in dire need of financial support to meet the expenses for his treatment.
The former right-hand batsman is currently on life-support. Martin’s wife, Khyati, had sought help from the BCCI, according to The Telegraph.
She wrote a letter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri seeking funds with the treatment amounting to Rs 70,000 per day.
According to Mumbai Mirror, Khyati wrote, “Since yesterday they have stopped providing medicine to Mr Martin though he is in ventilator. I earnestly request you to send me help at the earliest so that I can save his life. Due to emergency, may I request you to kindly deposit in the bank account of Sterling Hospital,” in her letter.
Former India cricketer and ex-Baroda coach Jacob Martin met with an accident and is in the hospital.
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Reports suggest the board acted promptly and transferred Rs 5 lakh.
Martin, who played 10 ODIs between 1999-2001, suffered several injuries to his lung and liver during a road accident while riding his scooter.
Former BCCI and Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) secretary Sanjay Patel, who facilitated the BCCI help, was quoted in The Telegraph, "Once I came to know about the accident I tried to help Jacob’s family in every possible way. I have spoken to few well-wishers — including the Maharaja of Baroda Samarjitsinh Gaekwad who donated Rs 1 lakh — and accumulated around Rs 5 lakh for his treatment."
“The hospital bills have already crossed Rs 11 lakh, and at one point, the hospital had even stopped providing medicine. The BCCI deposited the amount directly and the treatment hasn’t been affected thereafter,” he added.
Patel plans to get in touch with former cricketers and well-wishers for procuring more funds.