Friday 24 November 2017

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

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.

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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