"The government is making efforts to put in place the new standalone law to deal with 'unfair cricket practices' and I only hope it acts a deterrent to curb the menace," Kumble told reporters on the sidelines of KSCA's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

Amidst the uproar over IPL spot-fixing, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal on May 26 had said that the government would make efforts to put in place the law by August.

However, Kumble said cricket administrators can only take certain measures and make life difficult for people getting involved in match-fixing, but cannot conduct surveillance on each individual, 365 days and 24/7.

"At best we can make really tough for people to get involved (in match-fixing)," he added.

On BCCI President N Srinivasan's comeback bid, Kumble said the debate should not be on an individual, but on how to bring back cricket on track. "The administrators should put their act together and seek legal opinions in terms of treating match-fixing as a criminal offence. That is the only way to deter players from getting involved in such offences," he said.


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