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Tendulkar to sit out T20

India batsman keen to save himself for longer formats

Tendulkar: Twenty20 absence

Sachin Tendulkar will miss India's Twenty20 matches on the tour of New Zealand.

"I will continue not to play Twenty20 internationals...the team is now settled and I don't want to disturb it."

Sachin Tendulkar

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Tendulkar, the all-time leading run scorer in both Tests and ODIs, has only appeared once in the shortest format of the international game, against South Africa in 2006.

India's visit to New Zealand starts with two Twenty20 fixtures on February 25 and 27, followed by five ODIs and three Tests.

"I will continue not to play Twenty20 internationals," Tendulkar said.

"When I had decided not to play the Twenty20 World Cup after the England tour in 2007, my body was a bit tired and I needed rest.

Settled

"It was a conscious decision and I thought it wasn't appropriate to go and not give my best. After that the team did well.

"The team is now settled and I don't want to disturb it."

Tendulkar thinks the toughest challenge in New Zealand will be to adjust to the conditions.

"It's going to be a challenge playing New Zealand in New Zealand, especially for the ones who have not played there before," he added.

"It's a fairly new team and the conditions there will be an entirely new experience.

"It's going to be a learning experience for them."