Former England, Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, one of the most decorated players in English domestic football, announced his retirement from the game on Sunday, bringing an end to a colorful 20-year career.The 38-year-old, who also had spells at AS Roma in Italy’s Serie A and LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer, last represented Championship (second-tier) outfit Derby County before his contract expired at the end of last season.The left-back won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and a League Cup during his career. He also won the Champions League and UEFA Cup once each while at Chelsea.Cole often found himself in the news over the years over his private life, including his marriage to singer and television personality Cheryl Cole.After hard consideration, it’s time to hang my boots up and look towards my next chapter, which will hopefully be coaching, Cole, who was also capped 107 times by England, told Sky Sports.As a young kid, I never expected to play one game or be a professional. Looking back, to be able to say I played in World Cups, Champions League finals, being lucky enough to lift Premier League titles – it’s a young kid’s dream.I fulfilled my dream. Now I look to the future, hopefully as a great coach.Cole won two league titles with boyhood club Arsenal after making his debut in 1999 and was part of their Invincibles team that went unbeaten throughout the 2003-04 campaign.He joined London rivals Chelsea in 2006 and continued to stamp his authority as one of the best defenders in England, going on to lift more titles at Stamford Bridge.advertisementHis four FA Cups with Chelsea took his personal tally to seven, making him the most successful player in the competition’s history.After leaving Chelsea in 2014, he played in Italy and the United States before working under former teammate and current Chelsea boss at Derby, helping them to the playoff final which they lost to Aston Villa.
With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) elections less than 20 days away, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) members have written to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) requesting for a re-election at the association in line with the August 9, 2018 order of the Supreme Court.In the mails, accessed by IANS, the members have pointed that the last election that has been taken into account by the CoA was held without taking into account the newly registered constitution of the BCCI and that calls for a fresh election.”Please take a note that the last election of DDCA was held well before the Supreme Court Judgment 9th August 2018 and registration of BCCI new constitution. DDCA whole election process was not as per the new constitution of BCCI. It was held under the old constitution of DDCA,” one of the members pointed.Another member pointed at how the election was held in accordance with the rules and regulations of the old constitution and missed on certain major areas that the new constitution points at.”The DDCA had no provision of Apex council. There was no provision for representative of men and women cricket association. There was no single director for the apex council. The executive was formed with 16 Directors instead of 9 Directors as mentioned in BCCI new constitution. Cooling off period was also not as per BCCI new constitution which had barred several deserving members from contesting,” the member pointed.One of the members made a request that the CoA calls for fresh election.advertisement”Please issue direction to the DDCA to appoint an election officer and hold new full body elections under due process of Supreme Court approved new constitution with immediate effect in Extra Ordinary General Meeting,” the letter read.Also Read | India vs South Africa: R Aswhin equals Muttiah Muralitharan’s record for fastest to 350 Test wicketsAlso See: