Azeem Rafiq claims he was pinned down with wine poured down throat aged just 15

Azeem Rafiq has claimed that he was pinned down and had wine poured down his throat as a 15-year-old by his teammates at Yorkshire.

The 30-year-old, who was born in Pakistan before moving to England aged 10, has been speaking at a DCMS select committee hearing into the Yorkshire racism scandal.

Rafiq spent a decade playing for Yorkshire and was captain of the side in 2012, but told the county of the racist abuse he had suffered during his career in 2018.

Yorkshire have since been widely criticised for their handling and response to Rafiq's allegations of racist abuse and bullying.

Speaking at the DCMS hearing, Rafiq described the racist abuse he suffered while playing for Yorkshire and in youth cricket.

Rafiq, who is Muslim, says that when he was 15, he was pinned down with wine poured down his throat by his teammates at Yorkshire.

He also told the committee that the county acted 'inhumanely' following the death of his unborn son in 2018, with Rafiq released by Yorkshire shortly afterwards.

Rafiq took compassionate leave following his son's passing and visited family back in Pakistan, it was also around this time that he first informed Yorkshire of numerous incidents of racism.

He has claimed that he was repeatedly called a "p**i" during his 10 years with the club.

Yorkshire have been strongly criticised for their handling of the scandal and a number of their sponsors have announced they have ended their partnerships in the wake of the scandal.

Head coach Andrew Gale is currently suspended while an investigation is held into an anti-Semitic tweet he sent back in 2010.

Former England international Gary Ballance admitted earlier this month that he was responsible for some of the racist language that had been aimed at Rafiq at Yorkshire.

Michael Vaughan has also said he was named in the report made by Rafiq, but the former England captain "totally denies any allegation of racism".

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