A man outside a bookmaker's is looking at the latest odds for the upcoming one-day cricket internationals between England and Pakistan. He wonders, "What are the odds on the Pakistan cricketers restoring their reputations?"
The joke hinges on the double meaning of the word odds. In betting, odds are expressions with numbers such as '10 to 1' and '7 to 2' that show how likely something is thought to be, for example, a particular horse winning a race. In general English, you can refer to how likely something is to happen as the odds that it will happen. • The odds of a Republican win have been rising steadily over the past four months, a sign that momentum is in the GOP's favour.
• England want Pakistan one-day series to go ahead despite betting storm (The Guardian)