The Parable of the unmerciful Steve Smith

This is an adaptation of the parable of Jesus found in Matthew 18: 23 – 35

23. “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to Steve Smith the former Aussie cricket captain who was found guilty of ball tampering.  
24. When he began the tampering, he ordered his players to use sandpaper to change the way a cricket ball flies through the air. Gaining unfair advantage and grossly disrupting the spirit of cricket.
25. Once found guilty, the ICC ordered him – together with Warner and Bancroft – for payment to be made.
26. So Steve fell on his knees before the waiting media, crying into the TV cameras, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’
27. And out of pity for him, the ICC released him and forgave him the debt with a mere 12-month suspension and then reinstated his cricketing license.
28. But that same Steve, as he went out to bat during the Boxing Day test in 2019, came upon a fellow cricketer by the name of Wagner. This bowler bowled unsettling lines and struck him twice on the body; this upset Steve. One such delivery hit Steve on the hip as he did not engage the ball with his bat. After completing the run the umpire declared no shot had been offered and ordered Steve no runs. Steve was angry and confronted the umpire at the wicket. He said, ‘Pay what you owe.’
29. Then the umpire said ‘Have patience with me, Steve, your runs will come.’
30. But Steve refused; then he went had another chat to the umpire. Again, complaining of the injustice and unfairness that had befallen him.
31. When fellow cricketers saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their ICC all that had taken place.
32. Then the ICC summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked cricketer! We forgave you all of YOUR cheating because you cried like a small child.
33. Should you not have had mercy on the umpire, as we have had mercy on you?’
34. And in anger the ICC handed him over to be tortured by Wagner in that game and in all future games. And therefore, Steve became Wagner’s bunny for the rest of his career.

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