Hyderabad Ranji chief coach S.L. Venkatapathi Raju and batting coach Vivek Jaisimha resigned from their respective posts on Wednesday, following the batting debacle against Rajasthan in Jaipur where the team was shot out for a record low of 21 runs in the first innings of their Ranji Trophy Plate match on Monday.

The two coaches sent in their separate resignation letters to the Hyderabad Cricket Association this evening.

But, HCA President Arshad Ayub has reportedly asked the two coaches to not take any hasty step, adding that things could be sorted out once they return to the city on Friday.

“We will get a first-hand account and make an honest assessment before taking any final decision in this regard,” he said.

According to HCA sources, Vivek reportedly mentions in the letter that being the batting coach he had to take a call on moral grounds and that he has no option but to resign in the wake of the humiliating loss to Rajasthan on Wednesday after another disastrous performance when it was bowled out for a low score in the second innings.

In his letter to HCA, Raju reportedly gave vent to his feelings at being made the scapegoat for the players' dismal performance.

“What can a coach do if the players can't play to their potential,” he seems to have said. It is said that Raju is in no mood to continue in the job given that he feels there is a “vicious campaign” going on against him.

Meanwhile, amidst reports that Kanwaljit Singh too had resigned as the Hyderabad under-19 coach after the team lost all its five matches in the South Zone tournament in Goa, the former Ranji off-spinner denied any such move.

“I will wait and see, and I have not submitted my resignation as yet. Let me talk to the HCA officials and then I will decide,” he informed The Hindu. — Special Correspondent

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