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No Twenty20 for Sachin in New Zealand

Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar won’t be a party to the two Twenty20 encounters India is scheduled to play during their tour of New Zealand against their hosts.

Tendulkar, who holds the record for scoring maximum runs in Tests as well as the one-dayers, has off-late been giving the shortest format a miss, also dubbed as ‘fast-food’ cricket by purists.

While he may be amongst the most capped international player with 422 ODI and 156 Test appearances, the stalwart from Mumbai has just one solitary Twenty20 match to his name.

Since his Twenty20 debut against South Africa in 2006, when he scored just 10 runs, he has skipped all matches including the high profile Twenty20 World Cup in 2007.

Even as team-mate Harbhajan Singh roots for inclusion of ICC Umpire Referral system, Tendulkar aired his uncomfortable-nee viz-a-viz ICC latest innovation.

"When I was there in Sri Lanka last time, I did not particularly like the Umpires Referral system. There is still an element of uncertainty in the system," the champion batsman said here after launching a new product for Aviva Life Insurance.

Despite being done in by poor decisions all three times he walked into bat in Sri Lanka, Tendulkar would rather have a conventional approach to the game.

"I still prefer the hotspot system to identify the contact between the ball and bat. The LBW decisions are not convincing enough as the Hawk Eye gives a 22-yard view which the new referral system does not agree with ... as to whether the ball would have hit the stumps or not," Tendulkar said.

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