Nottinghamshire cricketer Alex Hales has denied there was any “racial connotation” behind naming his canine Kevin.
Ex-Yorkshire participant Azeem Rafiq alleged he had picked up the nickname from Gary Ballance, who he mentioned used it as a derogatory time period to explain ethnic minorities.
Rafiq informed MPs the usage of the phrase was “an open secret within the England dressing room”.
He additional alleged Hales had named his canine Kevin as a result of it was black.
Hales says he’ll “gladly co-operate” with an investigation which has been launched by his membership.
In a press release, the previous England batsman mentioned: “Having heard the allegations made in opposition to me, I categorically and completely deny there was any racial connotation within the naming of my canine.
“I completely respect and have large sympathy for each the stance Azeem Rafiq has taken and what he has needed to endure. His proof was harrowing.
“There isn’t any place for racism or discrimination of any type in cricket and I’ll gladly co function with any investigation the sport’s authorities select to carry.
“Neither I nor my representatives shall be making any additional touch upon the matter.”