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Cricketer Suru Nayak begins new innings with FC Pune City in ISL

The former Cricket Operations manager of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Suru Nayak, has begun a new innings with the ISL — that of managing FC Pune City.

Suru Nayak
Suru Nayak 

It may be recalled that the former India Test cricketer was forced to quit cricket administration in July earlier this year after BCCI did not renew his contract.

Nayak had posted on his Facebook page: "Retired from BCCI and its politics!" at the time. Only time will tell whether football be Nayak's better match.

House not quite full
Before Saturday's game at the DY Patil stadium, there were reports that all the 30,000 tickets on offer at the Navi Mumbai venue were sold out.

Mumbai City FC fans during their first ISL match at home on Saturday
Mumbai City FC fans during their first ISL match at home on Saturday 

However, there were many seats that were unoccupied, with officials stating that approximately 28,000 seats had been filled.

One wonders whether Mumbai's lacklustre showing against Atletico de Kolkata was responsible for the empty seats.

Bollywood superstar and Mumbai City FC's co-owner Ranbir Kapoor waves to fans ahead of their ISL match against FC Pune City at the  DY Patil Stadium, Nerul on Saturday. Pics/Suresh KK
Bollywood superstar and Mumbai City FC's co-owner Ranbir Kapoor waves to fans ahead of their ISL match against FC Pune City at the DY Patil Stadium, Nerul on Saturday. Pics/Suresh KK 

If it was, the hosts' spectacular performance on Saturday should ensure no seat goes empty when they take on NorthEast United FC next Friday.

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