Former Indian cricketer on ventilator, Sourav Ganguly extends helping hand

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He is on a ventilator after the accident caused injuries to his lungs and liver.

Sourav Ganguly, under whose captaincy Jacob Martin made his India debut in September 1999, has joined the effort to put the Baroda stalwart back on his feet.

Former India worldwide and Baroda cricket legend Jacob Martin is in a critical condition following an accident on 28 December and is in desperate need of financial aid to meet medical expenses.

While the BCCI has sanctioned Rs 5 lakh from their Benevolent Fund, the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has offered Rs 3 lakh for his treatment.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Hardik Pandya's brother Krunal Pandya, who also hails from Baroda, has given a blank cheque to Martin's family. Recently, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, under whom Martin made his worldwide debut, said that he is ready to do whatever is needed to help his former teammate. The Telegraph has reported that the former cricketer's wife has sought the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) help.

The approximate cost of Martin's treatment is 70,000 per day.

Sanjay hoped that with the help of those who have played with Martin and those who looked up to him during his playing days, the former middle-order batsman will recover soon.

"While praying for Martin's speedy recovery, I'd like his family to know that they don't stand alone". India coach Ravi Shastri has also promised assistance to Sanjay Patel.

"It's overwhelming that Zaheer Khan, Yusuf and Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Sourav and Ravi, among others, have come forward to extend a helping hand in this time of distress for Martin's family", Patel stated.

Martin played 10 ODIs for India and captained Baroda to the Ranji Trophy title in 2001. However, Martin totalled over 9,000 First-Class runs at a very good average of 46.65.

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