• Former ODI batsman Martin on life support

    Former Indian ODI cricketer Jacob Martin is on life support after being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

    Martin is reportedly on a ventilator after suffering severe injuries to his lungs and liver in the incident on 28 December 2018.

    ‘Once I came to know about the accident I tried to help Jacob’s family in every possible way,’ the Kolkata-based Telegraph quoted former board of control for cricket in India and Baroda cricket association secretary Sanjay Patel as saying.

    ‘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.’

    Batsman Martin played 10 ODIs, including two against Kenya in South Africa during 2001’s triangular series.

    The talented right-hander also struck 9192 runs, 23 centuries and 47 half-tons during 138 first-class matches between 1991 and 2009.

    He was arrested amid a human-trafficking case in 2011. The case alleged Martin had travelled with a youth to the United Kingdom on the pretext of playing cricket there in exchange for money.

    ‘Martin formed a bogus team – Ajwa Sports Club – and identified himself as a playing member,’ deputy commissioner of police at the Indira Gandhi International Airport RA Sanjeev was quoted as saying by PTI at the time.

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