SOMERSET CCC have issued a statement online after the testimony of former Yorkshire bowler Azeem Rafiq was heard today.

The cricketer is giving evidence about racist abuse at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club to the DCMS committee in Westminster.

Earlier today he said "there is no two-sides when it comes to racism."

Rafiq claims that Jack Brooks, now a Somerset player, started a trend of calling India batter Cheteshwar Pujara ‘Steve’ rather than use his actual name, even though the overseas player had said he would rather it did not happen.

It is believed that Brooks will respond on Wednesday (November 17).

Yorkshire CCC's new chair, Lord Patel, said "racism or any form of discrimination is not banter."

Somerset County Cricket Club's statement made clear that there is no place for racism in the club and that they have a zero tolerance policy.

"There is no place for racism at Somerset Cricket or across the game as a whole."

"We take a zero tolerance approach to any form of behaviour which is anything other than inclusive for all, regardless of gender, race, sexuality or any other characteristic."

It went on to say that the club has reminded its players and staff on how to raise an issue or complaint.

"All of the staff across the County Club and the Cricket Foundation have been reminded of how to raise an issue or complaint through official channels and will be fully supported should they wish to do so. Any case reported will be thoroughly investigated as it is important that we learn lessons from the past and we welcome any information on incidents that may have occurred to help us do so."

"We are listening."