New Delhi, Feb. 19 -- South African all-rounder Chris Morris was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for an eye-watering Rs.16.25 crore at a players' auction on Thursday, making him the most expensive player in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

But prior to the start of the auction, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel announced the return of Chinese phone maker Vivo as the title sponsor. Vivo will take over from fantasy gaming app Dream 11, which had sponsored the 2020 edition after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) dropped Vivo because of a social media backlash against Chinese brands. Vivo declined to comment.

"Bringing back Vivo saves BCCI the hassle of re-tendering and possibly ending up with lesser sponsorship monies,...