The first thing you need to know about the 2019 World Series is that it will not be televised in the United Kingdom.
The British government announced on Monday that the event will not begin in the country until 2021.
The government, however, has decided to give the game a two-week airing in England.
The two-year broadcasting window has long been a thorny issue in the bilateral relationship between Britain and the United States, and has been a sticking point between the two countries.
Since the US’s move in 2018 to ban broadcasters from broadcasting games on the Internet and to impose restrictions on broadcasters who broadcast live in the US, the World Series has been the subject of bitter controversy.
While many fans of both nations had been anticipating the game to be played in England, the event has now been postponed, and the 2018 tournament in Australia has been moved to February 2020.
“I think we have to respect the wishes of the broadcasters,” England Cricket Board chief executive Richard Cockerham said in a statement on Monday.
“We do not have a contract with the United Arab Emirates [the UAE is the largest sports broadcaster in the Middle East].
We have a bilateral agreement with the UK, and we have made it clear that if they wish to play we will play.”
Cockerhan said the timing of the 2019 tournament was “not something we could discuss”, and that the UK was “in discussions” with the Emirates.
“Our view is that this is an opportunity to do something that is both economically beneficial and that can provide a showcase for both nations,” he said.
“There is obviously no contractual obligation with the government, and in any case the government can choose to extend that to 2021 or the next two years.”
The BBC said it was “committed to continuing our relationship with the British government, the cricketing community and the game in the U.K.”.
The BBC also announced that it would be hosting a “World Series for Change” event in London on Saturday, which will be attended by a panel of sports and human rights experts.
“The event will address issues of equality and human and civil rights around cricket, including issues surrounding the game of cricket and the relationship between sports and the state,” the BBC said in an email.
“It will also highlight the ways in which sport can support a democratic and inclusive future for all.”
In the United State, the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2020 Olympics have also been put on hold, with both tournaments being postponed until 2022.
A spokesperson for the US Olympic Committee said in response to the postponement of the 2022 Games: “The USOC and USOC-Cricket have made a decision not to renew the 2022 Winter Games in South Korea, and are working with the IOC and the IOC-Cicket to move forward in their negotiations with the Korean government on a new host city for the 2022 Summer Games.”