Ex English Test player, writer and slightly different individual Ed Smith today responded to critisism that a recent piece he penned for Cricinfo was, in parts, plagiarised.
“I’ve written an opus called The Bible to tell my side of the story.” he said.
“Essentially, it is an abstract view on the issue of cricket and plagiarism through the eyes of a bloke named Jesus. It puts forward my views on the controversy.
The Bible is broken into two halves.
The first half is all pre-Jesus. In it, I’ve written about how Sambit Bal, Chief Editor of Cricinfo, created cricket in seven days. I also share my ten commandments. They are a values based set of rules on how a writer must conduct himself.
It also goes into how I once attempted to sacrifice my oldest son in a show of submission to Sambit, but he stopped me at the last minute.
The second half of the book is really a metaphor for my life. The character Jesus plays me as I wander the Middle East giving people fish and hope. Deeper thinkers will see the parallels between these unique fables I created all by myself and the principle of not stealing other people’s writing without giving due credit.”
When asked for his thoughts on the release of The Bible, Sambit Bal handed over a deeply scripted, yet loosely targeted piece of papyrus that talked to journalistic ethics and how brilliant Ed Smith is.