Cricket fans in Zimbabwe and Pakistan have been at loggerheads over a non-cricket issue over the past few days, the “Mr Bean fight” between the two countries. Now, the Zimbabwean president has taken the social media wars to the next level, taking a swipe at Pakistan in a Twitter post after winning the T20 World Cup against the men in green led by Babar Azam.
After Zimbabwe stunned Pakistan at the World Cup in Perth during the ongoing World T20, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Mr Emmerson Dambuzo Mnangagwa, took to Twitter to suggest that Pakistan will send a real Bean next time gentlemen.
“Zimbabwe got a win! Congrats to the Chevrons. Next time, send the real Mr Bean… #PakvsZim,” Zimbabwe’s president wrote.
Victory for Zimbabwe! Congratulations to Chevron.
Next time, send the real Mr. Bean…#PakvsZim 🇿🇼
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) October 27, 2022
What is the “Fake Mr. Bean” controversy?
After Pakistan Cricket’s official Twitter account shared photos of players preparing for the Zimbabwe clash on October 25, a Twitter user named Ngugi Chasura responded to the tweet, saying: “As Zimbabweans, we will always be Won’t forgive you…you used to cheat us Pak Bean instead of Mr. Bean Rowan…we’ll fix this tomorrow. Pray the rain will save you.”
Asked by a Pakistani fan for background, he replied that comedian Asif Mohammed was a doppelganger of Mr Bean, who travelled to Zimbabwe in 2016. The Pakistani comedian has participated in comedy shows, road shows, and participated in the Harare Farming Show. The comedian is known as “Pak Bean”. Mr. Bean was also escorted by police during his visit to Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe caused a major upset by beating Pakistan by one stroke in Group 2 on Thursday. Chasing a goal of 131, Pakistan faltered as no batsman other than Shan Masood (44) could score more than 22. Pakistan ended up going 129/8 in 20 rounds. Masood had a solo fight with Sikandar Raza (3/25), Brad Evans (2/25), Blessing Muzarabani (1/18). Earlier, Mohammad Wasim marked his return to the team with four points, while Shadab Khan scored three wickets as Pakistan limited Zimbabwe to 130. Wasim returned the numbers 4/24 while Shadab got 3/23 as Pakistan kept Zimbabwe on the back foot after a strong start between Craig Ervine and Wessly Madhevere. Sean Williams made 31 major cameos as Zimbabwe managed to break 120 points.