India and Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya wrote out a blank cheque for Jacob Martin, who is battling for life in Vadodara. Martin, a former India cricketer was injured seriously in a road accident on December 27.
Several names from the cricket fraternity have come out to help Jacob Martin who played 10 one-day internationals from 1999 to 2001. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was among the first to come to Martin’s aid and transferred funds into his bank account, according to the Telegrapgh.
Krunal Pandya, who is a regular in the Mumbai Indians squad and a new member of the Indian T20I side, has played six T20 Internationals for India, wrote out a blank cheque to Martin and according to The Telegraph, said: “Sir, please fill up whatever is needed, but nothing less than Rs 1 lakh.”
Sourav Ganguly has been in touch with Jacob Martin’s wife Khyati. BCCI and Baroda Cricket Association have reportedly already offered their support to Martin, who is on ventiliator support and it is understood the next few hours will be critical.
Several big names in the cricket fraternity: Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra have offered their help.
Martin, 46, was captain of Baroda’s first Ranji Trophy winning team. The cricket community has come forward to help their collegue at his time of crisis. According to media reports, the hospital bills total up to Rs 70,000 per day. Former BCA secretary Sanjay Patel has been in touch with BCCI and BCA.
BCCI has released Rs 5 lakh from its Benevolent Fund while BCA has given Rs 3 lakh to help the Martin family with the hospital bills.