Fans will be granted free entry for the ongoing Duleep Trophy final between South Zone and West Zone, after the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) decided not to allow spectators inside the Rajiv International Cricket Stadium for the first two days.

It was earlier reported that the HCA was fearing crowd trouble due to the political situation in Andhra Pradesh, but joint secretary DS Chalapathi clarified that fans will be given access, only from Gate No. 4, for the three remaining days.

"Due to civil works, the entry was barred for public to witness the match on the first two days," Chalapathi said in a statement. "However, we have decided to let the fans watch the proceedings from the Eastern Stand (Gate No. 4) for the next three days of the five-day final."