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India's Premier League cricket opens cash-rich with Chinese money

Vivo returns as T20 title sponsor despite recent Sino-India violence

NEW DELHI -- The 14th start of India's wildly popular Premier League cricket tournament begins Friday evening. Although stadiums will be devoid of fans due to surging COVID-19 cases, the return of deep-pocket Chinese corporate sponsor should make this a lucrative year.

The cash-rich Twenty20 competition featuring national and international cricketers was moved last year to the United Arab Emirates, where it was held without crowds between September and November. This year, the Indian Premier League extravaganza returns home with Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata hosting 60 matches until May 30.

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