The former captain, who was in Dubai recently, told ''Gulf News'' that cricket in the West Indies is battling a number of problems, especially the reluctance to hard work and liking for fast food.
''...they do not train as hard as in the past, or maybe it's due to too much of fast food. We need to catch these bowlers early. Make sure they follow the right methods and diet if they have to last longer,'' he said.
Lamenting the fact that fast bowlers in the islands are a diminishing tribe, Richardson felt, ''It's a cycle. In the past, we produced many pacers, but now quick bowlers are not coming through.
A few did emerge, but for some reason they broke down and vanished.
A proper analysis has to be done to find out what's going wrong.'' He felt West Indies cricket can regain some of its old glory but the administrators would have of work with alacrity.
''We can be back on top if the administrators can sort out the problems. We are a poor country, but we should have the infrastructure and a proper coaching system in place.'' He felt the contract controversy came as a distraction and affected the performance if the side.
''The players lost their focus. If you have other things on your mind it will have a negative impact. The players' association was focused on getting big money for the team than on their performance.
They put the cart before the horse.'' He also criticised the players for demanding more money.
''They are the second-best paid in the world though they rank only No 8. The board is not that rich, but the players, despite not winning, want more money.'' Despite Brian Lara leading the side to series win against Zimbabwe and now India, Richardson is not convinced about the southpaw's leading abillities.
''Lara is a shrewd person, but lacks support from the players.
The talk is that Lara as a player did not support his captains. So it would be difficult for him to get support from the players.
(Ramnaresh) Sarwan appears to be a good captain and is young, but the board wanted instant results and so appointed Lara again.
Instant result is not the cure,'' he added.