No spectator allowed for Duleep Trophy final

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Duleep Trophy final between South and West Zone will be played at in Hyderabad without any spectator to avoid any disruption by Telangana activists.

Updated: February 02, 2010 08:47 IST
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The Duleep Trophy final between South and West Zone will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad without any spectator.

The 49th edition of the domestic cricket tournament, which is played to assert the zonal dominance, will have only cops watching the title clash. It's not that domestic cricket draws huge interest and the political unrest in the state over the Telangana issue has not helped the cause either.

The two zonal teams will be playing in a locked stadium to avoid any disruption by Telangana activists.

Recently, 50 activists in favour of a new Telangana state stormed into the Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium to disrupt a T20 match between the Hyderabad and Andhra Ranji teams. The protestors said they were objecting to the presence of the Andhra team in Hyderabad.

The Hyderabad Ranji team is drawn from the Telangana region, including Hyderabad; the Andhra team consists of players from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. The teams were playing in the first Deccan T20 Cup.

Last week, the Telangana Research Scholars' Forum threatened to disrupt the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in Hyderabad during March and April alleging the competition would divert attention from the movement for a separate state.

As a result, the IPL have shifted their opening ceremony and tournament opening match from Hyderabad to Mumbai.

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