Speaking shortly after receiving the inaugural Courtney Walsh award for excellence, the 37-year-old took the opportunity to call on respective West Indian Governments to invest more money in youth cricket.
"Of course, there is an increased emphasis on the young but a lot more needs to be done," Adams told.
"More money will have to be found to increase the programmes for youngsters across the region and a lot more time and energy will have to be placed in making sure they develop the right mental attitude and are physically prepared for the growing demand of the game.
"Once this is done, I feel very confident that West Indies cricket will rise again."
Adams played 54 Test matches for the West Indies and scored 3,012 Test runs at an average of 41.26. He took 27 Test wickets at an average of 49.48