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Roselyn Emmanuel is a former international cricketer who represented both the West Indies and the United States. She played as a wicket-keeper. A Saint Lucian, Emmanuel represented the West Indies at the 1997 World Cup in India, appearing in all but one of her team's games. However, she only kept wicket against New Zealand, instead of playing as a specialist opening batswoman in her other two appearances (against India and Denmark).
Emmanuel continued playing for Saint Lucia for several years after her World Cup appearances. However, she never returned to the West Indian team. Emmanuel later immigrated to the United States, where she maintained her involvement with cricket. As one of the most experienced players in the country, she was appointed captain of the U.S. national team for the 2009 Americas Championship, its first international tournament. She was one of two former West Indies internationals in the team, the other being Candacy Atkins and Doris Francis.
She has proven herself to be a true player, advocate, and enthusiast of the sport of cricket, having represented her native St. Lucia and the West Indies in the 90s. First St. Lucia for 25 plus years, and the West Indies, for more than a decade. Emmanuel has since captained the USA national XI, as well as an ICC Americas Women’s XI.
A right-handed batswoman and sometimes wicket-keeper, Emmanuel was adjudged St. Lucia’s Female Cricketer of the Year on three occasions; testimony to her dedication, commitment, and love of cricket, at a time when men were overwhelmingly still the dominant gender in international sport. She would go on to represent the West Indies at the 1997 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup; no higher stage in cricket an athlete the caliber of Emmanuel could aspire to be recognized.
“I had the distinct pleasure of working alongside Ms. Emmanuel and fellow Hall-of-Famer Venelda Wallace in energizing women’s cricket in the New York metropolitan area in 2008. Together, we were able to put together what would become the nucleus of an Eastern United States championship women’s cricket squad, skippered by Emmanuel,” John Aaron, another Hall of Famer said.
“I had the opportunity to observe Emmanuel’s work ethic, discipline, and commitment to the growth and development of women’s cricket in the USA, and am extremely proud to support her induction into the Hall-of-Fame.
“Already a Level 1 cricket coach, Emmanuel’s steadfastness and dedication to the sport are evident in her desire to become an umpire of the sport. I applaud her for wanting to stay
involved as an official, while extending a helping hand to many young girls and fellow women cricketers, as a coach and mentor,” he added.