Zimbabwe take ‘revenge’ from Pakistan for sending fake Mr Bean; cause massive upset with 1-run win against Babar Azam's team

Mohammad Bilal
Mohammad BilalOct 27, 2022 | 23:27

Zimbabwe take ‘revenge’ from Pakistan for sending fake Mr Bean; cause massive upset with 1-run win against Babar Azam's team

Pakistan Asif Muhammad who was a doppelganger of British Comedy Legend Rowan Etkinson. Photo: Twitter

Zimbabwe cricket team has arguably given one of the biggest upsets of T20 World Cup 2022 so far by defeating Pakistan by 1 run in a thriller in Perth, Australia. With this defeat, Pakistan's chances of qualifying for the semi-finals also look slim now. However, for Zimbabwe fans, the victory over Paksitan also comes as a big moral booster as this puts an end to Pak Bean 'controversy' that started before the match.

What is Pak Bean 'controversy'? Before the match, Pakistan Cricket Board put up a tweet saying: "Onto the next challenge." To this a Twitter user named Ngusi Chasura, who happened to be a Zimbabwe supporter, replied saying: "As Zimbabweans we wont forgive you..you once gave us that Fraud Pak Bean instead of Mr Bean Rowan..we will settle the matter tomorrow just pray the rains will save you."

Many Twitter users initially thought that the user was bluffing but in his next tweet, he produced a solid evidence of his claim, where a man, possibly a lookalike of Mr Bean (played by actor Rowan Atkinson) stood in frame with two Zimbabwe people.

Now who is this 'fraud' Pak Bean?

That 'fraud' Pak Bean happened to be a man named Asif Muhammad, who travelled to Zimbabwe in 2016. The Pakistani man bears quite a resemblance to British acting legend Rowan Atkinson famously known as TV show name Mr Bean.

What happened after that is hilarious:

  • Asif was taken to be real Mr Bean by the people in Zimbabwe and people there addressed him as Mr Bean.
  • As per some reports, Asif even attended a comedy show that was sold out because everybody thought that he was the real Mr Bean.
  • Asif was invited to attend a comedy night, to do road shows and be part of the Harare agricultural show.
  • In February 2021, Asif was also given a police escort in a car that drove through the streets of country's capital Harare.
  • Zimbabweans lined the street to see the glimpse of the man whom they thought to be the real Mr Bean.
  • It was only much later that the people came to know about the man whom they thought to be Mr Bean was a doppelganger of Rowan Atkinson. 

Zimbabwe President taunts Pakistan: After the shocking win of Zimbabwe agisnt Pakistan, President Emmerson Mnangagwa also tweeted on Pak bean controversy.

He wrote: "What a win for Zimbabwe! Congratulations to the Chevrons. Next time, send the real Mr Bean."

Last updated: October 27, 2022 | 23:27
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