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King of addictions has disciples of all creeds

For those who worship cricket, betting on the sport is a form of prayer, writes Declan Lynch

Published 05/09/2010 | 05:00

FOR anyone who has been reading this paper in recent years, the latest gambling stories will hardly come as a surprise. For the rest of the population there seems to be something unexpected about a sport such as cricket being corrupted by gambling, or about a Dublin solicitor reportedly losing a few million due to his gambling addiction.

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But for anyone familiar with these pages, these stories merely confirm what is already known at the deepest level.

We have been marking your cards for a long time now. We have been routinely describing gambling, and internet gambling in particular, as a major world religion. So we smile wryly when we see a Sky reporter in Pakistan explaining that cricket in the sub-continent is "almost a religion".

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