Calcutta: The Indian Cricket Players’ Association started its membership drive, signing 11 Bengal players Monday.
The players who have signed are Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Utpal Chatterjee, Sabbir Ali, Safi Ahmed, Shibsagar Singh, Devang Gandhi, Subhamoy Das, Sourashish Lahiri, Shibshankar Paul, Ranadeb Bose and Subhradeep Ganguly. Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and ICPA vice-president Arun Lal were present during the signings.
Others like Rohan Gavaskar, Deep Dasgupta and Nikhil Haldipur are currently not in the city and they will be signed on later.
Sourav said in the meeting held at the Bournvita Cricket Academy that the ICPA will try to ensure family insurance scheme, medical insurance and pension schemes for the players.