While cricketers are treated as demigods in this cricket-obsessed nation, not every player is fortunate enough to lead a lavish life and Jacob Martin is one of those unfortunate cricketers. The former Baroda cricketer is now battling with his life with his condition in hospital deteriorating with each passing day.
The former batsman is in hospital since December 28. However, he has now stopped receiving treatment in the hospital he has been admitted because of lack of funds. According to a report in the Mumbai Mirror on Sunday, Martin’s wife Khyati Martin wrote a letter to the BCCI to seek help for her husband who is currently on the ventilator.
“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,” she wrote to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Saturday morning.
Former India cricketer and ex-Baroda coach Jacob Martin met with an accident and is in the hospital.
Wish you a speedy recovery Jacob bhai and praying for your wellbeing. #getwellsoon pic.twitter.com/FDUNI74i3C
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BCCI replied swiftly and immediately credited Rs 5 lakh into her account. The Baroda Cricket Association have also granted Rs 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 told 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,” he added.
Martin made his international debut during the ODI game against West Indies in 1999. He went on to play 10 ODIs. He also played 138 first class games, scoring 9192 runs at an average of just under 47.