"Tata Group will come on board as the title sponsor for the next two editions," Patel said by telephone, confirming Vivo had transferred its title rights to the salt-to-software Tata conglomerate.

A Tata Group spokesperson confirmed the development but declined to share details, while a Vivo spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.

The entire 2020 edition of the IPL and the second half of last year's competition were held in the United Arab Emirates because of the Covid-19 crisis in India.

This year's IPL will be a 10-team affair with two new franchises Lucknow and Ahmedabad -- joining the world's richest Twenty20 competition.

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