Jacob Martin on life support, seeks financial aid

Jacob Martin, the former India batsman, who is in a critical condition after he suffered grievous injuries in a road accident last month, is struggling to raise funds for his treatment. Martin’s family has requested the cricketing community for help to meet the expenses.The former India cricketer, who led Baroda to a Ranji Trophy title in 2001, met with a road accident on December 28. As per reports, he is on ventilator support in a hospital in Vadodara after sustaining injuries to his liver and lungs. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to contribute INR 5 lakhs with the Baroda Cricket Association granting INR 3 lakhs. Sanjay Patel, the former BCCI and BCA secretary, has also extended a helping hand in order to raise funds for the treatment.“Once I came to know about the accident I tried to help Jacob’s family in every possible way,” Patel was quoted as saying by the Kolkata-based Telegraph. “I have spoken to a few well wishers, including Samarjitsinh Gaekwad (member of the former ruling family of Baroda and former BCA president) 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.”Martin, who made his ODI debut against the Windies in 1999, played 10 ODIs for the country. He played 138 first class games, scoring 9192 runs at an average of just under 47.