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The richest and most glamorous tournament in world cricket is on schedule in India even as the country battles a deadly second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Beginning Friday, the Indian Premier League (IPL) will have eight teams playing 52 games at six venues behind closed doors across the country. The final will be played on 30 May.

The matches will be held in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Most of these cities are seeing a sharp uptick in infections and hospitalisations.

More than 165,000 people have died with Covid-19 in India, and there have been 12.5 million

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