Group B captains Sarel Burger of Namibia and Davis Arinaitwe Karashani of Uganda have said that qualification to the ICC's pinnacle would be a dream come true.
Namibia captain Sarel Burger, who played in Namibia's sole campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2003 said: "It's a dream come true for any cricketer, playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
"And I think qualifying for the ICC CWC 2015 would be a dream come true for any cricketer from Namibia. It is the next step in the future for cricketers from Namibia, and that would mean the younger guys coming through the ranks would start loving playing cricket, and for the older guys, it's a bit of an experience going there as well. And it's a much-cherished part of life, a dream come true."
Namibia's best performance in the ICC CWCQ was a runner-up finish at the 2001 edition in Canada. A similar feat or better will earn it its second ICC Cricket World Cup appearance, and Burger felt his side was ready for the challenge of the unknown conditions of New Zealand, stating: "We haven't played a lot of cricket in New Zealand - we haven't been up there since I know.
"But as we know, the wickets there are quite quick and quite greenish. I think they favour seam-bowlers a bit better. But at the end of the day, you must be prepared to play in any conditions, and the team must be prepared to play wherever, so we don't worry too much about that - it doesn't play that big a role in our planning all the time."
With the stakes so high for all ten sides, it wasn't a surprise to see teams enlist additional resources to help them prepare for the ICC CWCQ 2014.
Burger revealed how Namibia had profited immensely from the insights provided by Jonty Rhodes, who helped the side prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 and the CWCQ, saying: "I must say, the supporting staff have been great, and once Jonty came in, he gave a whole new kind of energy into the whole set-up.
"To have someone like him, with his life experience and cricket experience, is a great asset to our team. With the new coach, Dougie Watson, it's a great setup we have, and the guys are giving 110 per cent, and are giving their absolute best now."
Fellow Group B side Uganda will be looking to qualify for its maiden ICC Cricket World Cup. After finishing 10th in the ICC CWCQ 2001, 12th in 2005 and 10th in 2009, the team from Africa is aiming to create history in this edition of the CWCQ by reaching the final.
Reflecting on the possibility of qualification to cricket's most prestigious event, Uganda captain Davis Karashani Arinaitwe said: "Cricket in Uganda is in about fifth spot, so our getting to the ICC Cricket World Cup would get us a lot of recognition and a lot of press.
"So for us as a nation, it would be a very, very big honour. Thirty seven million people would be very, very happy for that. Personally, it would be a dream come true. Every sportsman plays hoping he will play at the top level, so for me, as an individual, to lead the side into that kind of a World Cup experience would be a great honour. It would be a very good reason to retire!"
Previewing his team's Group B opponents, the skipper said: "All the four teams in Group B are quite familiar to us. We have played against them all a number of times, apart from the Netherlands, who we haven't played much.
"But the other three are teams that we have been following. We do not want to look at the teams in particular - we want to take it one game at a time. We intend to look at and better our game as cricketers playing for Uganda. And we hope we can win the day against whichever team comes our way."
Arinaitwe played in the ICC CWCQ 2009 in South Africa, and, with the likes of Roger Mukasa, Benjamin Musoke, Frank Nsubuga, Laurence Sematimba and Charles Waiswa also returning to the side, Uganda have an experienced nucleus as it heads to New Zealand.
However, Arinaitwe asserted the Uganda team will continue to rely equally on all players, saying: "I think Uganda has always displayed the fact that we are a very good all-round team. We don't have merely a couple of players that do well on the international circuit. We do not rely heavily on any particular players. And that has shown over the years, so I would expect all the 15 players that travel all the way to New Zealand to be able to do the job for our country."