LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in league with its joint venture company (Avant Hotel) and Pakistan International Airlines Investments Limited (PIAIL) will build an international standard hotel within the vicinity of the National Stadium Karachi.

This decision was taken here on Tuesday at a board meeting of Avant Hotels Private Ltd, a Joint Venture Company of the PCB and the Pakistan International Airlines Investments Limited (PIAIL) at NCA. PCB chairman Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf, COO Subhan Ahmad, Director General Javed Miandad along with other officials of the board attended the meeting while PIAIL was represented by Secretary Defense Government of Pakistan and Chairman PIAIL Lt Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik, MD PIA Capt M Junaid Younas and MD PIAIL Dr Najeeb Sami and GM Finance PIAIL Akbar Ali.  "It was decided that the planning for the construction of the hotel should be started on urgent basis,” said PCB spokesman. The project, which remained dormant for years, has been revived with the efforts of PCB chairman and Secretary Defense and will result in establishing an international standard facility within the vicinity of National Stadium Karachi, he added.

Avant Hotels (Pvt) Ltd was incorporated in 1980s by both PCB and PIAIL with the object to construct an international standard five star hotel. In the board meeting, directors were updated as PCB chief Zaka Ashraf, COO PCB Subhan Ahmad and Abdul Ghafoor Bhatti (GM Estates PCB) were appointed as new directors. The board unanimously elected Secretary Defense Lt Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik as chairman of the company while Akbar Ali was appointed as company secretary.