Former international Jacob Martin calls it a day

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Vadodara, Nov 20 (UNI) Former international and Vadodara Ranji player Jacob Martin has announced his retirement from first class cricket, raising many eyebrows in the city's cricketing circle.

The former Vadodara skipper, who was supposed to take a flight along with other members of the team to Hyderabad today for the side's second Super league Ranji match there, sent his letter of retirement from first class cricket to Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) last night, a BCA release said today.

The 35-year-old middle-order batsman, who has been the most successful skipper and highest run-getter in first class cricket for Vadodara, was not in good terms with the BCA since February this year after he was replaced by Ajit Bhoite as captain for the West Zone Ranji one-day championship for the Ramakant Desai Trophy in Mumbai.

The cricketer was then persuaded by the team management to participate in the championship as he threatened to resign from the team.

Recently, Martin also expressed his shock and anguish when the BCA selection committee dropped his name from the 15-member Vadodara squad for their first two Ranji Trophy matches against Bengal and Hyderabad on a controversial fitness ground. However, he was taken back into the team for the Hyderabad match at the eleventh hour after a hue and cry in the cricketing circle here.

Talking to UNI, Martin said he had no grudges against anybody in BCA or plan to join the rival Indian Cricket League (ICL).

''After playing for 17-long years I though it proper to call it a day with a high note and give due attention to my family,'' he said and asserted that he would feel glad to serve the BCA in future.

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