‘Nothing less than Rs 1 lakh’: Krunal Pandya gives blank cheque to help ailing cricketer Jacob Martin

New Delhi: Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Sourav Ganguly, Krunal Pandya, among others, have all come together to help former batsman Jacob Martin who is in critical condition following an accident.

Martin met with the accident on December 28 and has been on ventilator after suffering extensive damage to his liver and lungs. The daily cost of the Baroda player’s treatment is around Rs 70,000.

While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for Martin’s treatment after his wife appealed for support, several past and present players have also pitched in. The Baroda Cricket Association has also come forward and sanctioned an amount of Rs 3 lakh.

“Martin and I have been teammates and I remember him as a quiet, introvert-type of person. While praying for Martin’s speedy recovery, I’d like his family to know that they don’t stand alone,” former India captain Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

“I have conveyed to Mrs Martin that she shouldn’t hesitate to contact me if further assistance is required,” he added.

Former Baroda Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Patel was among the first one to help Jacob’s family.

Current India international Krunal Pandya, who also hails from Baroda, has reportedly given a blank cheque to Martin’s family.

“Sir, please fill up whatever is needed, but nothing less than Rs 1 lakh,” he was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

Former BCCI official Sanjay Patel informed that former India pacers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra have also expressed their willingness to help.

“Martin’s family was in a dilemma, whether to appeal for help or not. Today, the situation is such that they don’t have to ask, members from the fraternity are asking about the amount to transfer,” Patel said.

Patel also received assurance of help from Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, who is currently in New Zealand for the upcoming series.

Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan and Munaf Patel have also come forward to help Martin’s family.

Martin, who played ten ODIs for India made his debut under Ganguly in September 1999.

He scored 158 runs at an average of 22.57 while playing five games under Ganguly’s captaincy and another five under Sachin Tendulkar’s leadership.

(With agency inputs)