Former India and Baroda cricketer Jacob Martin had met with an accident on December 28 and has been battling for his life in a hospital since then. Now his wife has requested some financial assistance to cover hospital expenses.
The 46-year-old has been on a ventilator after suffering lung and liver injuries. According to The Telegraph, Martin’s wife had appealed to the BCCI for help. The board acted promptly and sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for Martin’s treatment.
“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,” former BCCI and Baroda Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Patel said.
“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 said.
“The BCA has handed over Rs 2.70 lakh (after a deduction of Rs 30,000 as TDS) only today but more is expected of them… After all, it was under his captaincy that Baroda won the Ranji Trophy. Recently, the association had handed over Rs 22 lakh to the widow of a former Ranji Trophy player,” Patel said.
The approximate cost for Martin, who played 10 ODIs for India, is INR 70,000 per day.