The cricket club where Azeem Rafiq claims he was forced to drink alcohol as a 15-year-old Muslim has pledged to investigate the incident.

In his appearance in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee earlier this week the former Yorkshire player said he was restrained in a car and had red wine poured down his throat.

Barnsley Woolley Miners Cricket Club – formerly Barnsley Cricket Club when Rafiq played for them in 2006 – said initial enquiries had produced no record of the incident but urged the now 30-year-old to approach them.

“The club takes this very seriously,” said a statement.

“We did initiate a search of our welfare records and contacted our former safeguarding officer and there is no record of any incident being reported at that or any other time.

“We repeat, if Azeem wants to provide those details, we will of course initiate an investigation.

“For the record, the cricket club would not have allowed such behaviour to take place unchallenged if it had been aware.

“We would also welcome any independent investigative body to provide the transparency that a serious allegation of this nature deserves.”