“Zimbabwe cricket was excited about welcoming Sean back but, unfortunately, he may realise now that international cricket is a lot harder than he remembered,” national selectors chairman Alistair Campbell said in a statement.
“He has lived a very comfortable life in county cricket for the last six years and obviously decided at the last minute that maybe he was not up to the challenge of international cricket after all.
“A lot of people have gone to a lot of effort to make it happen for Sean.
“Although is very late in the day to change his mind, it is better than realising his mistake during the World Cup,” said Campbell.
He said Zimbabwe Cricket has approached the International Cricket Council (ICC) for approval to include Tinotenda Mawoyo in the 15-strong squad as a replacement.
Mawoyo is a Zimbabwe A team regular and featured in two one-day internationals against Bangladesh five years ago.
Zimbabwe are in Group A, which includes defending champions Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Canada and Kenya.
India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are co-hosting the quadrennial tournament which begins in mid-February.- AFP