Tata Group to replace Chinese mobile manufacturer Vivo as IPL title sponsor next year, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Brijesh Patel told news agencies.

Vivo still has two years left in its sponsorship deal with the league and as a result, during this period, Tata will remain the main sponsor.

The formal clearance was given after a meeting of the IPL Governing Council on Tuesday

Both Ahmedabad and Lucknow have also been given a time frame for player signing before the mega auction takes place.

Vivo had a deal of ₹2,200 crore for title sponsorship rights from 2018-2022

After the 2020 Galwan Valley military face-off between the Indian and Chinese Army soldiers, the brand took a break for a year with Dream11 replacing it.

Vivo were back as IPL tittle sponsor in 2021 even as speculation raged that they were looking to transfer the rights to a suitable bidder and the BCCI approved the move.

The IPL is all set to be a 10-team tournament in 2022 as RPS Goenka group bagged the Lucknow-based franchise for its highest bid at ₹7,090 crore.

Ahmedabad-based franchise will be owned by CVC Group after CVC Capital made the winning bid at ₹5,625 crore.

The 2022 mega auction will take place in Bengaluru in the second week of February, news agency ANI had reported earlier.

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, and Glenn Maxwell are among some of the big names that the existing franchises have decided to retain for IPL 2022.