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.
Martin, who is one of only half-a-dozen batsmen in the history of Ranji Trophy championship to get over 1,000 runs in a season, made his debut in first class cricket for Vadodara in 1991-92. From his 127 first class matches between 1991 and 2007, he scored 8,563 runs at an average of 48.10 with 23 centuries and 44 half-centuries under his kitty. His highest score in first class cricket was of 271 runs.
Martin, who was captain of the Vadodara team for seven years, took the side to the Ranji Trophy finals on two occasions in 2000-01 and 2001-02 against the Railways and was successful in winning the trophy in 2000-01. Under his captaincy, Vadodara also made it to the semi-finals of the championship on two other occasions.
In September 1999, he made his debut in One-day International (ODI) cricket playing against West Indies in Toronto, which India won by eight wickets. He played 10 ODI matches between 1999 and 2001, scoring at an average of 22.57.
In his last first class match in January this year, Martin led Vadodara in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals against Mumbai.