15 Feb 2009

Indians expect a tough NZ tour

9:15 am on 15 February 2009

Indian cricket's superstar batsman Sachin Tendulkar says it'll be a challenge for an inexperienced Indian side to cope with the conditions during the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

The team leaves later this week for what will be Tendulkar's seventh New Zealand tour, but a first for most of the other members of the squad led by the young Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

They'll play three Tests, five one dayers and two Twenty20 matches.

India were beaten 2-0 in the Tests and 5-2 in the one-day series when they last toured here in 2002-03.