LAHORE The Canadian investigator who revealed massive corruption in world football says Pakistans cricketers are involved in match fixing because they know they are being exploited by the countrys highly paid cricket administrators. According to an Australian newspaper, Investigator Declan Hill has called on the International Cricket Council to take over responsibility for paying players by implementing a minimum wage - the same recommendation he made to FIFA boss Sepp Blatter - as a major step towards stopping corruption, which has stripped cricket of credibility. The New Zealand players [for example] might not be paid well, but neither are their officials. So they dont feel like theyre being exploited like the Pakistanis. Hills argument has been backed by Tim May, chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations, who says: This situation is showing us that you need a culture of accountability, not only from the players but also the boards. The problem is that theres no use trying to build such a culture if you have administrators - the people the team looks up to as their leaders - doing exactly the opposite. Theyre not accountable. You cant have officials getting a heap [of money] out of the game and players getting considerably less. It ruins relationships between the groups. There arent player associations in Pakistan and with an unstable administrative body, theres really no hope of building a relationship of respect between players and officials. There has been sustained bickering in Pakistan over the wages of Pakistan Cricket Board officials, as well as claims of nepotism and favouritism. The PCB has faced financial strife recently, partly because of delayed or cancelled series due to security problems. Yet amid talk of cutbacks, several well-connected and high-ranked officials apparently remain handsomely paid. PCB director-general Javed Miandads wage reportedly ranges between about $9000 and $12,800 a month. PCB directors salaries are believed to range between $3200 to $4500 a month. Meanwhile, Pakistans elite players on central contracts earn about $45,000 a year, with lower-ranked players earning $20,000 a year. Add the fact they have missed out on match payments due to cancellations and being banned from the Indian Premier League and the countrys players have become prime targets for criminal betting syndicates. If players see that the PCB isnt protecting the game, they may not feel the need to either. When I saw the headlines of a team being involved in match fixing, I didnt even think for a second that it wouldnt be the Pakistanis, Hill added. Theres never an excuse for fixing. Im not excusing it. But I am saying that, for instance, Pakistan players get paid much less than Australian players do. The ICC should do what FIFA should do, which is say, 'If youre playing in a tournament or series, this is how much youre going to get paid. Your family and you receive the following benefits and so forth and the more international games you play, the more is added to your benefits. And if we catch you in one of these [fixing] situations, you lose it all. The ICC must implement a minimum wage for international cricket ... Theres no reason why players who play in international tournaments, which are televised and watched by full houses, cannot be guaranteed a good wage. Its the reason the [football] World Cup is in danger of corruption and why cricket faces the same problem. You can have as many anti-corruption units as you want in a sport, but until players get paid what theyre worth and arent being exploited ... youre going to have problem after problem. Credibility is sinking, he said. The only way to stop corruption is to guarantee players are getting paid properly ... They shouldnt be open to exploitation by their bosses or organised crime [which] has been around professional sport for at least the last 20 years, and people like [former NZ cricket captain] Stephen Fleming, who had the courage to speak up, have had the screws driven into them.