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My message to youth: Viv Richards
Viv Richards
Richards still holds the record for the fastest Test century
As part of the Generation Next season, the BBC has been asking famous figures for their thoughts about childhood - both their own and what they think of young people now.

Here, West Indies cricketing legend Viv Richards gives his view.

Children behave better than adults, they listen lots more and are more playful.

I had a lot of privilege to grow up when I did, because I think people had more manners.

We had, in my opinion, different role models - not individuals who would obviously give us some sort of idea or indication of how to end up in prison.

Now, it's totally different.

We've just totally gone mad in terms of our lifestyle. There is no respect for older folks, and things like that.

MESSAGES TO YOUTH
I just feel that we just need to slow down a little bit, and maybe try and get some of those precious things which we had in the past, like manners and things like that.

When I was a child, I remember hearing commentator John Arlott describe the little white gate at Lord's. That always made me want to go and look at that.

I didn't just go and have a look at that, but I also played in that same environment, and I think that was precious.

Hearing John Arlott describe people like the Reverend Wesley Hall before we went to school - he would certainly enlighten us about what the West Indies were doing there.

The best advice I can give to young people is to be as humble as possible, be as well-mannered as possible.

The most important thing is there's lots more in terms of opportunities to try and grab on to every opportunity that you get and when you do get it to try and utilise it to the best of your abilities. That's also very important.





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