Former Indian cricketer, Jacob Martin who was arrested in 2009 for a human trafficking case, was appointed as Baroda Ranji Cricket team coach on September 14.
Martin has played a total of 10 ODI matches for India and was last seen in an international match in 2001.
His appointment as BCCI backed Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) came as a surprise for many as BCCI has been trying to clean it’s image for past many months.
BCCI has been on a back-foot especially since the Lodha Commission recommendation that asked them for many changes in their proceedings so as to have a more transparent system.
BCA’s new appointment now seems like a step back for BCCI as their new selection criteria had barred anybody with a criminal record from applying for the job.
Martin, who is 44 now, has played all his international games overseas but could not make much impact with the bat. His highest score was 39 against Pakistan in Perth during the 1999-2000 season.
Jacob was first arrested in 2009 and then again in 2011 when he was sent to Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
He is currently out on bail and his case is still pending in court.
Meanwhile, BCCI has refused any role in his appointment and said that the matter pertains to a state association and they don’t influence in its decisions.